10 wins-2nd place-5th set win rate 100%

Ten wins, a leap of two places, and a 100% five-set win rate.

Samsung Fire accomplished a lot in one game, brightening the prospects of rebuilding the Minga.

Samsung Fire won 3-2 (26-24 25-22 20-25 23-25 15-13) in a full-set match against Woori Card in the third round of the Dodram 2023-24 V-League Men’s Division at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on Wednesday.

It was a high-stakes match. Samsung Fire became the second team in the men’s division to reach the 10-win plateau after Woori Card (31-11 W-4 L).

They also secured 25 points (10-5) to move from fourth to second place, ahead of KEPCO (24-8-6) and Korean Air (25-8-6). They are tied on points with Korean Air, but have a game in hand.

He has now won all five full-set matches he has played this season, extending his five-set winning percentage to 100%.

The victory came after an eight-point first set. With the score at 14-22 at the end of the first set, Samsung Fireworks scored seven consecutive points on the serve of Yosvani Hernandez (registered name Yosvani), starting at 19-24, to take control.

“We had a chance to overturn an eight-point deficit in the first set and go to the fifth set,” said coach Kim Sang-woo. “On the other hand, it was a game that didn’t need to go to five sets. On the other hand, it could have been a five-set match without going to a fifth set.”

Half of Samsung Fire’s 10 wins have come in full-set matches. It’s unfortunate that they didn’t win as many points as they should have due to the frequent five-set matches.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s more important for us to win each game,” said Kim, who said before the game that managing points was a luxury given the team’s performance last season, “but we still want to win well.”

He attributed the team’s strength in the fifth set to the players’ mindset.

“I think the players did a good job of not giving up until the end, and I think we got a little bit lucky,” said Kim, who applauded the team’s effort, adding, “I thought it was hard to win in five sets today, but they did a good job.”

Yosvani, who turned the first set around with a strong serve, stayed focused until the very end, scoring a match-high 39 points, including 14 aces, four blocks and a service ace to complete the triple crown (serving, blocking and back-attacking for at least three points each in a match).

“She has a high volleyball count and good technique,” Kim said of Yosvani.

He also expressed his expectation that Yosubani will perform even better if she improves her chemistry with setter Noh Jae-wook.

“There’s still some inconsistency with setter Noh Jae-wook. “Foreign players need the ball to be in front of them to hit well, but they sometimes lose their rhythm because they hesitate in that area,” he said. “If he can hit with a little more youthful energy, it will be a great help to the team.


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