KB Insurance succeeded in breaking out of the losing streak thanks to the performance of Andres Vijena, who came back from injury.
KB Insurance, led by coach Hu In-jeong, defeated Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance with a set score of 3-1 (25-23 25-20 23-25 25-23) in the professional volleyball Dodram 2022-2023 V-League men’s home game held at the Uijeongbu Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do on the 21st. won
7th place KB Insurance (21 points, 7 wins, 15 losses) seized the opportunity to change the atmosphere by escaping from two consecutive losses. On the other hand, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (17 points, 5 wins, 18 losses) suffered 4 consecutive losses and could not get out of the 7th place in the ‘last place’.
The two teams at the bottom of the
men’s leaderboard competed closely from the first set with the determination to win points against each other without fail. It was a tight match 15-15, but KB Insurance took the lead with Hwang Taek-eui and Kim Hong-jung’s consecutive scores.
KB Insurance, which gained momentum as Kim Hong-jung again blocked an open attack hit by Ahmed Iqbairi, the main gun of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, won the first set with Viyena succeeding in a back attack at the set point.
KB Insurance was losing 18-19 in the second set, but showed ‘backward thinking’. After succeeding in reversing with Hwang Gyeong-min’s time-lag attack and Hwang Taek-eui’s serve ace, Viyena scored three consecutive points and even won the second set.
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which desperately needed an escape from losing streak, could not easily back down. It was drawn 21-22 and was defeated, but it was reversed at once with Noh Jae-wook’s continuous blocking and Ikbairi’s back attack. Shortly thereafter, Kim Jeong-ho succeeded in attacking with a time difference and dramatically brought the third set.
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which revived the atmosphere, led 11-6 in the 4th set, raising expectations for a come-from-behind victory. However, Hu In-jeong, coach of KB Insurance, stimulated the players with silence without saying a word after calling the operation time, and the effect immediately appeared. 안전놀이터
KB Insurance, which survived the attacks of Viyena and Hwang Kyung-min, reached the match point first. After that, Hwang Kyung-min finished the game with a time difference attack and scored a valuable 3 points.
KB Insurance, who misses Keita… Will Viyena make me forget it?
The main character of this match was definitely Viyena. Villena, who missed the match against OK Financial Group on the 17th due to her thigh injury and had to watch the team lose, returned on this day and scored 38 points, the most among both teams and her own all-season record.
She also achieved the ‘Triple Crown’ for the first time since joining KB Insurance, with 5 non-yena blocks, 3 sub-aces, and 18 back attacks.
KB Insurance, which won the first runner-up last season with ‘Mali Express’ Keita Noumori, recruited Nicola Melanac from Serbia as Keita left for Europe, but it ended in failure.
In order not to repeat the failure of Melanac, the first overseas league, KB Insurance chose Vijena, who played for Korean Air in the 2019-2020 season, as a new foreign player. Villena adapts quickly and is active as the main gun, as befits a V-League ‘career’.
In addition, outside heater Hwang Kyung-min added 15 points. This was the reason why Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which relied on Ikbairi’s ‘one-man show’, won and lost. For Hwang Kyung-min, it was meaningful because it was an activity against Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, the ‘parent’ who sent him to KB Insurance.
It is still tossing and turning in the lower ranks, but now that it has just reached the halfway point, attention is focusing on whether KB Insurance, which has not let go of the string of ‘Spring Volleyball’, will shake the men’s game again like last season with Viyena and Hwang Kyung-min at the fore.