Heungkuk Life Insurance Recruits Willow and Wins 2 Times in a Row... Hot Pursuit of Women's Volleyball Leader
Willow, a 19-point performance, finished the game with a powerful left hand spike.
In the men's game, Hyundai Capital stopped OK Financial Group from winning 7 consecutive games and won.
Women's volleyball Heungkuk Life Insurance began chasing the lead thanks to the performance of wing striker Willow Johnson (registered name Willow), who joined at the start of the second half. https://www.cmriindia.org
Heungkuk Life Insurance won with a set score of 3-0 (25-20 25-19 26-24) in the visiting game against GS Caltex of the Dodram 2023-2024 V League held at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on the 2nd.
Willow, who scored 17 points and received a passing grade in the Korea Expressway Corporation match on the 30th of last month before his V-League debut, was responsible for 19 points, the most on the team, on this day as well.
Willow, who first attracted attention as the daughter of Randy Johnson, a legendary pitcher in the Major League Baseball (MLB), took the mound as a 'relief pitcher' for Heungkuk Life Insurance, which is challenging for the championship, and won both games in which she played.
Heungkuk Life Insurance, which lost to GS Caltex with a set score of 1-3 in the final match of the fourth round on the 17th of last month, met again at the same place 15 days later and this time completely avenged itself.
Heungkuk Life Insurance, which won two games in a row and conquered the 20-win (6-loss) plateau, narrowed the gap with league leader Hyundai Engineering & Construction (61 points) back to 5 points with 56 points.
On this day, Heungkuk Life Insurance, in addition to Willow, Kim Yeon-kyung and Reina Tokoku (registered name Reina, 15 points) scored double digits.
Heungkuk Life Insurance showed that even in games where Kim Yeon-kyung's attack did not go smoothly, they could use the even performance of other players as a stepping stone to win.
Kim Yeon-kyung also supported the attack with three serve aces, and became the sixth player in the V-League women's division to reach a total of 4,500 points.
Heungkuk Life Insurance had a slight advantage at 20-18 in the first set, and after making it 21-18 with Willow's timing attack, they took the win with Kim Yeon-kyung's second consecutive serve ace.
Raina was responsible for all 24 and 25 points in the first set.
The second set was also easily resolved with 4 consecutive points, including Kim Yeon-kyung's 2 consecutive attack points and Willow's quick open, at 20-18.
Heungkuk Life's concentration at the end of the set continued into the third set.
At 20-20, Heungkuk Life Insurance, led by Kim Yeon-kyung, and GS Caltex, led by Giselle Silva (registered name Silva), reached 24-24 deuce.
Heungkuk Life Insurance created a match point in the deuce with Kim Su-ji's attack, which lightly blocked Kim Yeon-kyung's powerful spike after hitting the GS Caltex defense. https://imgur.com/a/SfoZqen
And Willow, who is 191cm tall, put an end to the game by hitting the opponent's court with a devastating left-hand spike, just as his father swung his fearsome left arm on the MLB mound.
GS Caltex struggled with Silva scoring 22 points, but fell to his knees because he did not receive support from the rest of the players.
GS Caltex, which remained in third place with 15 wins, 10 losses, and 43 points, widened the gap with second place Heungkuk Life Insurance to 13 points.
In the men's match held at Sangnoksu Gymnasium in Ansan, Hyundai Capital won after a close full set.
In the visiting match against OK Financial Group, Hyundai Capital first won two sets, then lost two sets, and ended the match in the final 5 sets with a set score of 3-2 (30-28 29-27 26-28 19-25 15- 13) won.
6th place Hyundai Capital, which had two consecutive wins, narrowed the gap with 5th place OK Financial Group (40 points) to 4 points with 11 wins, 15 losses, and 36 points.
OK Financial Group has the same number of points as 3rd place Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance and 4th place Korea Electric Power Corporation, and even has the same number of games won (14 wins) as 4th place Korea Electric Power Corporation.
Instead, in comparing the set gain-loss ratio with KEPCO, it fell behind with 1.140 to 0.979, remaining in 5th place.
The upward trend of winning all 6 games in the 4th round came to a halt in the first game of the 5th round, against Hyundai Capital.
Hyundai Capital won the game with the score tied at 8-8 in the fifth set, taking an 11-9 lead thanks to scores from Jeon Gwang-in, Heo Soo-bong, and Ahmed Ikhbairi.
OK Financial Group also showed its fighting spirit until the end, backed by the one-man show of Leonardo Leyva Martinez (registered name Leo), but at match point, Leo's spike serve was caught in the net, making Hyundai Capital the winner of the fierce battle.
Hyundai Capital's Heo Soo-bong achieved the highest individual score of the season with 31 points, and Ahmed (25 points), Jeon Kwang-in (18 points), and Choi Min-ho (13 points) also scored double-digit scores.
OK Financial Group fought hard with its main gun, Leo, scoring 42 points, but bowed out in the end. https://www.casinositeking.com
Leo added one serve score and achieved 400 successful serves for the first time in professional volleyball history.