Samsung Fire takes over 2nd place from OK Financial Group

Professional volleyball’s Samsung Fire reclaimed second place in two days with a win over OK Financial Group.

Samsung Fire defeated OK Financial Group 3-0 (25-22 25-22 25-21) in straight sets in the third round of the 2023-24 Dodram V League Men’s Division at Chungmu Gymnasium in Daejeon on Friday.

With the win, Samsung Fire, which slipped to third place behind Korean Air (9W6L – 28 points) on the 13th, regained second place with 28 points (11W5L). The two teams have the same number of points, but Samsung Fire is ranked higher due to its lead in wins.

Meanwhile, fifth-ranked OK Financial Group (8-8, 22 points) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Samsung Fire’s foreign player Yosvani Hernandez (real name Yosvani) scored a game-high 28 points for both teams. Yosvani shot a very high 60.98% from the field. He was supported by double-digit scoring from Shin Shin-ho (11 points) and Kim Jung-ho (10 points).

OK Financial Group won the blocking (10-5) and fumble (11-22) battles, but lacked a clear-cut solution.

Leonardo Leyva Martinez (real name Leo) was held to 15 points and shot just 45.33% from the field. Other players also lacked firepower, scoring in single digits.

The match was fiercely contested until the middle of each set, but each time Samsung Fire came from behind.

With the score at 23-22 in the first set, Samsung Fire had a set point when Jargalchukt Enghereden (real name Eddie) made a fast-breaking kill, but Yosvani’s service ace gave them the first set.

In the second set, OK Financial Group’s concentration dropped. With Samsung Fire leading 23-22, they were fortunate to have back-to-back attack errors from opposite hitters Leo and Song Hee-chae.

In the third set, Samsung Fire came back strong. After taking a 20-14 lead and allowing the score to be tied at 21-21, Samsung Fire turned the tide when Shin Shin-ho blocked Leo’s back attack.

Samsung Fire then reached match point with a block by Noh Jae-wook, an OK Financial Group attacker, before Yosubani sealed the match with a service ace.

In the women’s match at Gwangju Pepper Stadium, GS Caltex swept last-place Pepper Savings Bank in straight sets, 3-0 (25-23 25-23 25-15).

Third-place GS Caltex improved to 10-6 (28 points), narrowing the gap between first-place Heungkuk Life and second-place Hyundai E&C (35 points) to seven points.

Pepper Savings Bank (2-14, 6 points) suffered its ninth straight defeat.


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