Korean Air whistles for fifth straight win with Yosubani in tow

Defending champion Korean Air whistled past Samsung Fire for its fifth straight win.

Korean Air earned a 3-0 (25-20 25-19 25-22) shutout victory over Samsung Fire in the men’s Dodram 2023-2024 V-League at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon on Friday.

With the win, Korean Air (19 points) extended its winning streak to five games and moved within striking distance of league leader Woori Card (20 points).

The five-game winning streak was led by Jung Jung-yong and Lim Dong-hyuk, who combined for 14 and 12 points, respectively. On the day, Jung Jung-yong not only scored three points on offense, but also on blocking, and his powerful serve carved up the Samsung Fire’s court.

Korean Air’s defense was also solid. Korean Air focused on shutting down their main attacker Yosubani from the first set, and it paid off.

Samsung Fire’s foreign attacker Yosubani was held to just two points and an 11.11% attack success rate in the first set. Korean Air, on the other hand, was led by Jung Jung-yong, who scored seven points in the first set alone.

The second set also belonged to Korean Air. Setter Han distributed the ball from Jeong Jung-yong to Lim Dong-hyuk and Kwak Seung-seok in the second set, and the match ended in a blowout as Samsung Fire was unable to cope with the various offensive tasks.

Korean Air celebrated after the match as they surpassed 32,000 set wins for the first time in their history, while Samsung Fire (14 points), who were held to just 14 points by Yosubani, slipped to their second straight loss and remained in third place.

Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, Korea Expressway Corporation won 3-1 (25-23 25-22 18-25 26-24) at home against Pepper Savings Bank.

Vukiric, the only foreign attacker on the roster, scored a game-high 29 points, while Tanacha and Jeon Sae-yan followed with 16 and 10 points, respectively.

Escaping a second straight defeat, DOT (9 points) leapfrogged IBK (8 points) to fifth place, while Pepper Savings Bank (5 points), which has two wins, remained at the bottom of the table.


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