Women’s professional volleyball team Heungkuk Life ended the first round on a high note.
Heungkuk Life defeated IBK Kookmin Bank 3-1 in straight sets (26-24 15-25 25-19 28-26) in a home match of the Women’s Professional Volleyball Dodram 2023-2024 V League at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on Thursday.
With the win, Heungkuk Life ended the first round of the regular season with a 5-1 record and took sole possession of first place (15 points).
IBK (5-2, 4-1) saw its two-game winning streak snapped by Heungkuk Life after losing its opening three games.
In the third set, which was tied at one set apiece, Heungkuk Life took the lead with sharp serving.
Heungkuk Life jumped out to a 3-0 lead in service points, and IBK never managed to get an accurate reception.
At 14-12, Heungkuk Life extended its lead with a diagonal attack and a service ace from Kim Mi-yeon, and after giving up a point, went up 19-13 with two opponent errors and a back attack from Yelena Mrazenovic (registered name Yelena).
Kim saved set point with a service ace that landed in the center of the court. Then, when the reception faltered on her opponent’s serve, setter Lee Won-jung pretended to receive the ball and let it go over the net for an easy point.
Trailing 16-21 in the fourth set, Heungkuk Life came from behind to secure the win.
A staggered attack by Kim Yeon-kyung, a service ace by Park Eun-seo, and an open and blocked point by Reina Tokoku (registered name Reina) brought the score to 20-21.
Kim tied the score at 21-21 with an exquisite spike in the opposite corner of the court.
At 24-23, IBK conceded a deuce after a service error by Ponpun Gedpard (registered name Ponpun).
With the score tied at one, a diagonal slam from Kim Yeon-kyung scored a point and a quick open from Brittany Abercrombie (registered name Abercrombie) couldn’t find the net to end the game.
Yelena and Kim finished with 19 and 17 points, respectively, while Kim Mi-yeon and Reina contributed 11 and 9 points.
For IBK, Abecrombie and Pyo Seung-ju combined for 20 points but couldn’t prevent their team from losing. 토토사이트
In the men’s match at Yoo Yoo-soon Gymnasium in Cheonan, Hyundai Capital defeated KB Insurance in straight sets, 3-0 (26-24 25-20 25-23).
Hyundai Capital, which had dropped its first five matches, including the opener, to fall to the bottom of the standings (seventh place), gained three points to move up to fifth place with a total of five points (1-5), ahead of KB Insurance (4-1-5) and KEPCO (3-1-4).
In the V-League, teams earn three points for a 3-0 or 3-1 set score, two points for a 3-2 win, and one point for a 2-3 loss.