IBK Industrial Bank of Korea laughed at the first confrontation in two consecutive matches. The match against Pepper Savings Bank continued undefeated.
IBK Industrial Bank beat Pepper Savings Bank with a set score of 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-17) in the 2022-2023 V-League 4th round women’s match held at Hwaseong Gymnasium on the 26th. IBK Industrial Bank continued its five-game winning streak against Pepper Savings Bank from last season.
Dali Santana scored the most points (17 points) among both teams, and the middle blockers Kim Su-ji (16 points) and Choi Jung-min (10 points) also showed their strength. Suji Kim had 6 blocks and Jung-min Choi had 3 blocks, overwhelming the fight with a score of 13-7.
IBK Industrial Bank (9-15), which added 3 points, won the 28th point. Pepper Savings Bank (2 wins, 21 losses, 7 points) failed to challenge for the first consecutive win of the season. Pepper has not picked up a single point against IBK this season. The two teams will have a return match in the first match of the 5th round (February 1, Gwangju Pepper Stadium).
The first set was the stage for the IBK middle blockers. At the beginning of the game, Suji Kim blocked Pepper Savings Bank’s open attacks one after another. Choi Jung-min also scored with offense and blocking. With 6 points from Kim Su-ji and 5 points from Choi Jeong-min, IBK took the first set lightly.
In the second set, the flow of IBK continued. The crime of Pepper Savings Bank came out, and IBK used various attack routes. Unlike Santana, he even succeeded in an open attack, widening the score gap. Pepper Savings Bank made a change by replacing the setter with a doctor, but failed to reverse. Setter Kim Ha-gyeong finished the second set by evenly utilizing strikers, including Kim Hee-jin and Kim Su-ji.
Pepper Savings Bank led 3-0 at the beginning of the third set. But that was it. It was difficult to break through the defense of IBK. IBK overpowered Pepper with a salty play without any mistakes. Eventually, the match was split after 1 hour and 29 minutes.
Coach Kim Ho-cheol said, “What we prepared and what we wanted to do was not 100%, but it went well. While our players did well, Pepper seemed to be unwell. I was worried a lot, but our players did well.”
Manager Kim said, “I caught the blocking so well in the 1st set that I changed it in the 2nd set. The opponent didn’t change the course. Kim Hee-jin is still not perfect because he has an injury. I think I’m a little better,” he said.
The gap between IBK Industrial Bank of Korea and the third-ranked group is not large. There is still hope for spring volleyball. Coach Kim Ho-cheol said, “I will do my best. I will do my best in every game, and it’s good to go to spring volleyball, leaving behind who was there and who wasn’t. That’s what both the fans and players want. I think I want to show it,” he said. Regarding the rest period, he said, “The players who go to the All-Star Game only do physical exercise according to that, and the rest of the players do strong training. Training is the only way to survive.”
Lee Kyung-soo, Acting Supervisor of Pepper Savings Bank, said, “Lee Han-bi, the main pillar of our team, is leading the team. He is in poor condition due to a sore throat. Overall, there were many receiving errors. Compared to other games, the setters had to run around a lot. The offense was also weak. “I honestly have nothing to say about a game like today. It was a game I shouldn’t have played, and it was the worst game. It’s important to improve my condition for the next game.” 안전놀이터
Acting Lee explained, “There were many situations where the receive was long, and the opponent tossed low and fast. So, instead of Lee Go-eun, who is short, I put Dr. Rang in.” I have to hit a ball with a bad toss or a bad toss, but that part doesn’t work well.”