Kim Yeon-kyung and Willow's Performance' Heungkuk Life Insurance, 3 Consecutive Wins... Leading Modern Pressure

Hyundai Capital's thrilling 5-set comeback against Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

Heungkuk Life Insurance put pressure on leader Hyundai Engineering & Construction with ‘3 consecutive wins’.

Heungkuk Life Insurance defeated Cheong Kwan-Jang with a set score of 3-1 (25-21 19-25 25-23 25-19) in the professional volleyball Dodram 2023-2024 V League women's home game held at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 8th.

Second place Heungkuk Life Insurance (59 points, 21 wins, 6 losses), which added 3 points, narrowed the gap with first place Hyundai Engineering & Construction (62 points, 20 wins, 6 losses), which had played one less game, to 3 points.

Heungkuk Life Insurance and Hyundai Engineering & Construction will face off in Suwon on the 12th, the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday.

Prior to that, Hyundai Engineering & Construction will play against GS Caltex on the 9th.

4th place CheongKwanJang (41 points, 13 wins, 14 losses) stopped its 3-game winning streak and failed to add points, missing the opportunity to chase down 3rd place GS Caltex (45 points, 16 wins, 10 losses).

In the battle of wing striker firepower, Heungkuk Life Insurance was ahead of Jeong Kwan Jang.

Heungkuk Life Insurance's Kim Yeon-kyung maintained a high attack success rate of 51.11% and scored 24 points.

Willow Johnson, daughter of legendary Major League pitcher Randy Johnson, helped Kim Yeon-kyung with 17 points, and Reina Tokoku (registered name Reina) with 14 points.

Cheong Kwan Jang's famous duo, Mega Watty Pertiwi (registered name Mega, 24 points) and Giovanna Milana (registered name Zia, 20 points) also showed their strength, but made a mistake at a crucial time.

It was also disappointing for Director Jeong Kwan that Lee So-young only scored 8 points.

Jeong Kwan-Jang made more mistakes than Heungkuk Life Insurance at 22-15.

The deciding factor was 3 sets.

Heungkuk Life Insurance, who won the first set and lost the second set, fought fiercely with Jeong Kwan-Jang until the very end in the third set.

Heungkuk Life Insurance, which tied the score at 19-20 with Raina's open attack, succeeded in turning the tables thanks to opponent Lee So-young's offensive error.

Park Soo-yeon then served ace to make it 22-20.

At 22-21, 'Solver' Kim Yeon-kyung scored with a time lag attack, and when Mega was hit by a rear attack and was chased down to 23-22, Kim Yeon-kyung flew up again and succeeded with a time lag attack.

Jeong Kwan-Jang made up for one point with Jeong Ho-Young's quick attack, but at 23-24, Mega's quick open flew off the line without reaching the opponent's blocker, giving up the third set in vain.

Heungkuk Life Insurance gained momentum, and at 11-10 in the 4th set, Kim Yeon-kyung, Raina, and Willow scored in order to advance to 15-10, solidifying their victory.

In the men's match held at Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium in Cheonan, Hyundai Capital won with a set score of 3-2 (25-22 19-25 18-25 25-17 15-13) after a fierce battle with KEPCO.

6th place Hyundai Capital (38 points, 12 wins, 15 losses), which won three games in a row, maintained its hopes of advancing to the postseason.

KEPCO (41 points, 13 wins, 14 losses), which gained 1 point, had to be satisfied with moving up one place from 5th to 4th.

Hyundai Capital produced a thrilling comeback in the 5th set.

Hyundai Capital, which was trailing at 7-10, took a breather due to a serve error by opposing setter Ha Seung-woo, and trailed by one point thanks to setter Kim Myeong-gwan's spike serve.

KEPCO counterattacked with Lim Seong-jin’s quick open.

However, Hyundai Capital responded with Heo Soo-bong's open attack at 9-11, and Choi Min-ho blocked the quick open of KEPCO main gun Thais Dull Horst (registered name Thais) to tie the score at 11-11.

At 12-12, Hyundai Capital reached match point by scoring two points in a row thanks to Jeon Gwang-in's open attack and opposing setter Ha Seung-woo's set mistake.

Thais succeeded in opening quickly at 12-14, but committed an open attack at 13-14.

The Hyundai Capital players, who ended the game with a mistake by the opponent's main gun, roared and enjoyed the joy of victory.

Hyundai Capital's main gun, Ahmed Ikhbairi (registered name: Ahmed), scored 28 points, the most for both teams, while Jeon Kwang-in (19 points) and Heo Su-bong (18 points) also showed off their firepower.

KEPCO's triangular formation of Thais (25 points), Lim Seong-jin (18 points), and Seo Jae-deok (13 points) also scored in double digits.

For KEPCO, it was disappointing that Seo Jae-deok was replaced at the start of the 5th set due to ankle pain.
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