The competition for third place in the men’s division has fallen into the fog.
Woori Card lost the 5th round of the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League Men’s KEPCO at the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 12th after a full set match. Woori Card (41 points, 14 wins, 14 losses) kept its 3rd place, but it had the same points as 4th place KEPCO (41 points, 13 wins, 15 losses). It’s just ahead of the win. In particular, starting with the last game of the 4th round, they lost 5 straight games in 2 years and 2 months. 안전놀이터
The men’s division is hot with a fight for third place. It started when Woori Card, which had maintained its 3rd place, slowed down. Woori Card ran the 4th round uptrend. It defeated Korean Air and Hyundai Capital in 1st and 2nd place in a row. However, in the last game of the 4th round, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, the lowest place, took a blow and the upward trend was dampened. And even in the 5th round, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance and KB Insurance in 6th place were caught, followed by OK Financial Group competing for 3rd place.
The shock was doubled as they suffered a long losing streak in the second half as well as consecutive losses to lower-ranking teams. Moreover, Woori Card is even more troubled as foreign player Agamez is not able to show much strength due to injury and sluggishness. Agamez could not play properly from the third set due to elbow pain at the Korea Electric Power Match. In the 4th and 5th sets, which were the battlegrounds, I couldn’t post a single point. The triangular formation of domestic players of Song Hee-chae, Na Gyeong-bok and Kim Ji-han struggled, but it was not enough.
Amidst the sluggishness of Woori Card, KEPCO’s back-and-forth stands out. KEPCO, which once fell into a 9-game losing streak and struggled in the lower ranks, swept the victory points with 7 wins and 2 losses in the following 9 games. The competition isn’t over yet. OK Financial Group is also failing to jump to third place, but it is not falling into the lower ranks. 6th place KB Insurance (32 points) also made progress. After the joining of foreign player Viyena, it is enjoying a steep rise. With one less game played than the other teams, there remains a chance that the gap will narrow further. KB Insurance succeeded in winning 3 consecutive wins in the 5th round, defeating all of Woori Card, OK Financial Group and KEPCO, which are competing for rankings. KB Insurance Hu In-jeong also has hopes for spring volleyball, saying, “I haven’t given up yet.”