Heungkuk Life wins its first match of the season against Hyundai E&C.
Heungkuk Life earned a 3-2 (15-25, 25-12, 25-21, 21-25, 15-12) set victory over Hyundai E&C in the first round of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Women’s Division at Suwon Indoor Gymnasium on Monday.
Kim Yeon-kyung scored a game-high 23 kills, while Yelena chipped in with 22. The two combined for 45 points. Kim Mi-yeon had eight points, Lee Ju-ah had five points, including three blocked shots, and Reina, playing in front of fans for the first time as an Asian Quarterfinalist, had five points.
After the match, head coach Marcello Abondanza said: “It’s still early in the season, so it’s still too early to evaluate the performance, but we fought back after losing the first set. It was not a good quality performance, but I think we showed passion.”
Setter Lee Won-jung did not play well. Coach Abondanza said, “She’s feeling some knee pain. She’s not at her best, but I’m glad she was able to finish.”
Kim Soo-ji continued to be talked to between games. “We talked about blocking,” Abondanza said. She can do better. I told her to breathe,” he said.
They won, but Heungkuk Life struggled. They struggled with Hyundai E&C’s height. Hyundai E&C had 14 blocked shots. That’s twice as many as Heungkuk Life’s seven blocked shots. Coach Abondanza said, “Yang Hyo-jin is a top-level player, not just in Korea. Her movement is good. We have Moma. I think they are the strongest team in blocking,” he admitted.
“We tried to overcome what we couldn’t block with our serve,” he said, adding, “Our reception was similar. I’m glad we did the same in the away match.”
In the first set, Hyundai E&C had the last laugh. Heungkuk Life hit HMC’s height. Middle blockers Yang Hyo-jin and Lee Da-hyun stood out. Yang Hyo-jin and Lee Da-hyun scored five points each. They combined for four points in blocking. Yang had a 75% attack success rate and Lee had a 60% attack success rate.
Hyundai E&C favored in both attacking and receiving efficiency. Hyundai E&C had an attacking efficiency of 33.33% and a receiving efficiency of 41.67%. On the other hand, Heungkuk Sinsaeng had an attacking efficiency of -6.90% and a receiving efficiency of 40%.
Kim Yeon-kyung only scored two points. 28.57% attack success rate, less than 30%. Lee Ju-ah, Yelena, and Reina added two 카지노 points each. Heungkuk Life found its rhythm in the second set and eventually won the full set.
In the fifth set, Kim Yeon-kyung’s attack was successful and Lee Ju-ah blocked Moma’s back attack to make it 14-12. Yelena ended the match with a powerful attack.