The professional volleyball Dodram 2022-2023 V-League regular league, held up to round 6, passed the ⅔ point and had a short All-Star break.
The V-League, which opened on October 22 last year, ended its 4th round schedule on the 27th.
The V-League will hold an all-star game at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 29th, and the second half of the season will be held from the 31st.
The first half of the 1st to 4th rounds can be summarized as ‘the two-team system of Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Heungkuk Life Insurance in the women’s division’ and ‘Korean Air’s solo run in the men’s division’.
As both men and women are fighting for third place, fierce postseason competition is expected to continue until the end of the season.
In the first half of 24 games, Hyundai E&C won 20 wins (4 losses) and accumulated 57 points.
Looking at Hyundai E&C’s performance alone, it is at a level where it can play a ‘solo’.
Hyundai E&C also recorded a decent record of 6 wins and 4 losses in 10 matches where foreign striker Yasmin Bedart (registered name Yasmin) suffered from back pain.
However, Heungkuk Life Insurance pursued fiercely. Heungkuk Life Insurance ended the first half with 54 points (18 wins, 6 losses), narrowing the gap with Hyundai E&C to 3 points.
The timing of Yasmin’s return is expected to be the biggest variable in the lead fight.
The battle for third place is just as fierce as the battle for the lead.
Korea Expressway Corporation (38 points, 13 wins, 11 losses) won the final game of the first half, GS Caltex on the 27th, after a bloody battle of deuces in every set, and won with a set score of 3-1 to keep its 3rd place.
However, the gap with 4th place KGC Ginseng Corporation (35 points, 11 wins, 13 losses) and 5th place GS Caltex (33 points, 11 wins, 13 losses) is not large.
GS Caltex coach Cha Sang-hyun said, “The rankings will not be decided until the 5th round is over. It is a really fun composition for fans.”
In the V-League, if the difference between 3rd and 4th places is less than 3 points, a semi-playoff will be held.
In fact, Korea Expressway Corporation, KGC Ginseng Corporation, and GS Caltex, which have become difficult to pursue first and second place, plan to do their best in the second half to secure third place or narrow the gap with third place.
Korean Air, which is aiming for the combined championship for three consecutive seasons (1st place in the regular league and championship match), has 55 points (19 wins, 5 losses), beating 2nd place Hyundai Capital (46 points, 15 wins, 9 losses) by 9 points in the first half. Closed.
Considering the strength of Korean Air, which has not suffered a single loss in a row this season, it is quite a big gap.
In the men’s division, where the lead fight leans toward Korean Air, the fight for third place draws attention.
3rd place Woori Card (38 points, 14 wins, 10 losses) and 4th place OK Financial Group (37 points, 12 wins, 12 losses) fought a fierce battle for third place at the end of the first half. 5th place KEPCO (32 points, 10 wins, 14 losses) is also struggling to rise to the mid-table. 안전놀이터
The competition for the top scorer is in the fog in the men’s division, and Elisabeth Ine Barga (KGC Ginseng Corporation, registered name Elisabeth) is likely to win the award in the women’s division.
When Keita Noumori (former KB Insurance), who won the top scorer for two consecutive seasons (2020-2021, 2021-2022), left the V-League, the men’s scoring competition ignited.
Thais Dull Host (Korea Electric Power Corporation, registered name Thais) took first place with 618 points, but Leonardo Leyba Martinez (OK Financial Group, registered name Leo) scored 614 points, and Ahmed Iqbairi (Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance) scored 605 points. is in the pursuit of
In the women’s division, Elisabeth scored 689 points, far behind her mother Basoko Letizia (GS Caltex, registered name MoMA) with 614 points.
The player who received the most support in the first half of the V-League was Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance).
Kim Yeon-kyung ranks 1st in attack success rate (45.96%), 5th overall in scoring (446), and 1st in Korea. Popularity is to the point where it is meaningless to cover rankings.
The average number of spectators at home games in the first half of Heungkuk Life Insurance, led by Kim Yeon-kyung, was 4,278. It is 1.8 times the average of 2,407 women and 2.9 times the average of 1,470 men.
Heungkuk Life Insurance was criticized for firing former coach Kwon Soon-chan amidst the “controversy over the front’s intervention in the game.”
However, Heungkuk Life Insurance fans prepared a support tool through fundraising and said, “Women’s volleyball fans and Heungkuk Life fans criticize the group and the club. I’m getting a lot of encouragement from the players doing their best in every game even in bad situations.” He gave absolute support to players such as Kim Yeon-kyung, and visited the stadium steadily.