Both the team trying to catch up and the team trying to keep the lead put everything into it. ‘Night of Samsan’ was hotter than ever.
1st place Hyundai Engineering & Construction held a set score 3-2 (30-28, 25-20, 16-25, 21- 25, 15-11). Hyundai E&C (19 wins, 2 losses, 53 points), which ran 4 consecutive wins, widened the difference between Heungkuk Life Insurance (16 wins, 5 losses, 48 points).
On that day, 4509 spectators visited the stadium. It was a head-to-head match between the 1st and 2nd place teams in the women’s division, so the attention of volleyball fans was focused. Many tickets were sold early through online reservations. The first floor seats were no different than ‘sold out’, and the second floor seats also had fewer empty seats than usual weekday games.
Full set close match, Hyundai E&C, which showed its potential as a leader,
even at the beginning of the first set, the home team Heungkuk Life Insurance overwhelmed the atmosphere. With the help of Yelena Mrazenovic (registered name Yelena), she ran away 12-5. Hyundai E&C, where Yasmin Bedart 메이저놀이터 could not play due to rehabilitation, needed an opportunity to turn around.
‘Veteran’ Hwang Yeon-joo came forward. In a situation where Heungkuk Life Insurance was leading 15-10, he made a sub score following a quick open, and Ji-yoon Jeong’s blocking score instantly narrowed the gap. Hyundai Engineering & Construction, who succeeded in balancing before reaching the 20-point mark, won the first set after five deuce battles.
As Hyundai E&C, which continued the momentum of the first set, even won the second set, Heungkuk Life Insurance was in danger of losing the shutout. However, I couldn’t sit still with the support of the home fans. Heungkuk Life Insurance, who overcame the opponent’s pursuit and kept the lead by scoring 4 consecutive times in the 3rd set 17-14, did not let go of hope. He took the 4th set and took the match to the 5th set.
Until 11-11, when the two teams faced each other closely, it was impossible to be certain who would win, but in an instant, the weight of the match leaned toward Hyundai E&C. Hyundai E&C, who took the lead with Lee Da-hyun’s blocking score, did not give any more points. In 14-11, Go Ye-rim’s serve fell inside the end line, putting an end to the bloody battle that unfolded for 145 minutes.
Hyundai E&C, which filled Yasmin’s void together, had five players, including middle blocker Yang Hyo-jin (21 points) and outside hitter Hwang Min-kyung (15 points), score double-digit points. Libero Kim Yeon-gyeon, who succeeded in Digging 24 times, also stood out for his excellent defense. It was a game that proved why they had been leading the team since the beginning of the season.
Heungkuk Life Insurance, with two coaches remaining, fans kept behind the players
In Heungkuk Life Insurance, ‘ace’ apogee spiker Yelena (31 points), who struggled throughout the game, led the players, and outside hitter Kim Yeon-kyung (24 points), who improved her condition, was also strong added However, even after playing well for over two hours, I couldn’t survive the last five minutes. I knelt down at the back of my heart.
Currently, Heungkuk Life Insurance is digesting the 4th round in adverse conditions. There are only two coaches left on the team, acting head coach Kim Dae-gyeong and coach Choi Ji-wan. Director Kim Ki-joong, who was highly likely to be appointed as the next manager, eventually declined the position. In other words, it is no different from the ‘acting director’s acting’ system.
It was clear why Heungkuk Life Insurance had to exert its strength even in a cluttered atmosphere. There were fans who followed the players. The defeat was confirmed and the team’s winning streak also stopped at ‘4 consecutive wins’, but the fans who kept their place encouraged the players exiting the court. When Kim Yeon-kyung, who stood up after the finishing stretch, shook her hand to express her gratitude, applause and cheers erupted from the audience.
‘Happy volleyball’, ‘Fans cheer and support the players’ These
are phrases written on cheering tools that Heungkuk Life Insurance fans are voluntarily distributing. Good grades are important to the fans, but they want to see the players roaming the court with a broad smile. The winning team was the winning team, and the losing team was the losing team, so it was a ‘Night of Samsan’ that left a long aftertaste.