Both what made the long match possible and what ended the match became the serve. Men’s professional volleyball Korean Air and KEPCO played a close match to a full set in the 2022-23 season Dodram V-League 4th round held at Suwon Gymnasium, the home court of KEPCO, on the 20th.
Both teams caught up with the opponent’s lead or widened the score gap when a serve ace came out at every juncture in the 1st to 5th sets on this day. Even in the process of sharing the set with each other, player Han, Jung Ji-seok (above Daehan Hungong), Thais (Netherlands), and Shin Young-seok (above Korea Electric Power Corporation) scored consecutive serves.
The last team to laugh in the game was Korean Air. Korean Air beat Korea Electric Power Corporation 3-2 after a full set match that day. In particular, in the last 5 sets that went to deuce, the serve was also cited as the difference between the two teams.
In the 16-16 situation, Korean Air scored two points in a row in the order of serving Jeong Ji-seok and laughed at the end. Jeong Ji-seok’s serve worked well.
KEPCO’s receive was shaken by Jeong Ji-seok’s first serve at the time. The attack option is a situation where there is no choice but to treat the ball connected in two steps as an open. The spike hit by Seo Jae-deok failed to cross the net and was caught.
Korean Air led the match point by making it 17-16. In the next rally, Jeong Ji-seok succeeded in sub-ace, putting an end to the game. 안전놀이터
He recorded a total of 3 serve aces until the last serve score that day. KEPCO coach Kwon Young-min also mentioned Jeong Ji-seok’s serve in the final 5th set where the game was decided.
In an interview with reporters who visited the scene after the game, coach Kwon said, “It was a game where our players did their best regardless of the outcome of the match.” It was good and it went well. I hope our players don’t get too discouraged by the defeat that day.”
Korean Air coach Tommy Tilikhainen talked about the serve of KEPCO players. “We had a tough game with the opposing sub going in well,” said coach Tillikainen.
KEPCO had 4 Thais and 3 sub-aces, Shin Young-seok. Even in the team serve score, there was no big gap with Korean Air at 8-9.
If Korean Air lost that day, it would be the team’s first consecutive loss since the start of the season. But that didn’t happen. Coach Tillikainen said, “The desire of our players to win and to do well seems to have been the driving force behind the full set victory.”
He added, “There are a lot of experienced players on our team,” he added.
He said, “I gave two sets to KEPCO in the game today (20th), but I saw that the team’s organization was not shaken.” Now that the game is over, I will prepare well for the next game.”
Korean Air will play an away game against KB Insurance at the Uijeongbu Gymnasium on the 24th, the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday. If they win on this day, they will be the first to reach 20 wins among the seven men’s teams.
KEPCO, whose uptrend has been dampened by the defeat on the day, will play an away game against Hyundai Capital at Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium in Cheonan on the 23rd, one day ahead of Korean Air.