Korean Air’s men’s volleyball team, led by foreign player Lincoln Williams (registered name Lincoln), earned three points in enemy territory.
Korean Air swept OK Financial Group 3-0 (25-20 25-17 25-18) in straight sets in the men’s visiting match of the Professional Volleyball Dodram 2023-2024 V-League at Sangryoksu Gymnasium in Ansan, Gyeonggi-do, on Nov. 22.
Korean Air, which took a break from its winning streak with a 1-3 loss against KEPCO on Nov. 18, moved into a 22-point tie with league leader Woori Card with the sweep.
Korean Air is 7-3 and Woori Card is 8-1, with Korean Air trailing in the standings.
Korean Air apogee spiker Lincoln made his first start in six games and finished with a team-high 17 points.
It was her highest point total since last month’s match against Woori Card (23 points).
After being relegated to the bench due to a lack of physical condition, Lincoln’s return to form was evident in the last match against KEPCO, when she served four consecutive service aces.
Again, she finished with a team-high 17 points, including three service aces.
Korean Air had an easy time of it as they showed off their receiving prowess, which was one step above that of OK Financial Group.
Thanks to their steady reception and setter Han’s efficient attack distribution, the team’s attack success rate of 52.74% was significantly higher than OK Financial Group’s 38.37%.
Korean Air easily took a 3-0 lead in the first set with three consecutive errors from their opponent.
They never trailed, and at 22-20, kills by Kwak Seung-seok and Lim Dong-hyuk and a service ace by Lincoln secured the first set.
The second and third sets were not much different.
Korean Air jumped out to an early lead in the set and scored after keeping the ball in the court with a net-like reception.
Korean Air played a flawless game on the day, never giving up the lead.
OK Financial Group was led by Leonardo Leyva Martinez (registered name Leo) with a game-high 23 points, but he didn’t get much help from his teammates.
In the women’s game at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, home team GS Caltex battled Korea Expressway Corporation to a hard-fought full-set victory.
GS Caltex defeated Korea Expressway Corporation with a set score of 3-2 (25-19 25-23 23-25 23-25 15-10) and added two points to their record.
With 7 wins, 3 losses and 19 points, the gap between second-place GS Caltex and first-place Heungkuk Life (9 wins, 1 loss and 25 points) in the Women’s Division is 6 points.
Roadworks fought from behind to force a five-set match, but were unable to close out the victory, ending their recent two-game winning streak.
They are fifth in the league with a 3-7 record and 12 points.
GS Caltex was led by Giselle Silva (registered name Silva), who poured in 38 points on her own, while Kang So-hwi (16 points) and Yoo Seo-yeon (16 points) also chipped in.
Kim Ji-won chipped in seven points with five blocks and two aces without scoring an offensive point.
GS Caltex, who had hoped to take the first two sets with the Silva-Kang So-hui duo in the first and second sets and end the match with ease, was unable to stop the onslaught of Roadworks’ outside hitter Vanya Vukiric (registered name Vukiric), who came alive in the third set.
Vukiric was particularly dominant in the fourth set, scoring 17 points on his own to push the match to a fifth set.
GS Caltex took the white flag at 10-8 in the fifth set after a quick opener from Kang So-hwi, two straight points from Silva, and four straight points from Choi Eun-ji’s service ace.
Roadworks was led by Vukiric with 35 points and Bae Yoo-na with 17 points, but the team lost. 파워볼