Men’s Volleyball Woori Card becomes first to reach 20 wins with win over Hyundai Capital

Woori Card became the first team in the 2023-2024 V-League Men’s Division to reach the 20-win plateau.

Woori Card defeated Hyundai Capital in straight sets 3-1 (16-25 25-18 26-24 26-24) in the men’s visiting match of the Professional Volleyball Dodram 2023-2024 V League at Yoo Yoo Soon Gymnasium in Cheonan on Wednesday.

With the three points, Woori Card improved to 20 (7-1) and widened the gap to four points over second-place Korean Air (16-5), which has played one less match.

The match came down to the third and fourth sets.

After dropping the first set and taking the second, Woori Card led 24-21 in the third.

However, after Hyundai Capital scored a point with a quick opener from Heo Su-bong, Ahmed Iqbairi (registered name Ahmed)’s follow-up attack and Choi Min-ho’s block made it a 24-24 deuce.

After a serve error by Heo Su-bong, Woori Card defended a quick opener by Jeon Kwang-in, and then a quick opener by Matei Kok (registered name Matei) made it 26-24 to win the third set.

In the fourth set, URICAD persevered and made a deuce to take the set.

Down 20-23, Woori Card started to catch up with Lee Sang-hyun. Woori Card narrowed the gap to 22-23 as Hyundai Capital’s Kim Sun-ho couldn’t receive Lee Sang-hyun’s shifting serve.

In the ensuing rally, Hyundai Capital’s Jupo Ahmed’s open attack flew out of the line without reaching the blocker, tying the score at 23-23.

Woori Card took the lead at 24-23 after a quick open from Jeon Kwang-in and a quick open from Kim Ji-han.

Hyundai Capital took the match to deuce at 24-24 with a quick open from Ahmed.

However, Woori Card regained match point when Park Jun-hyuk blocked an open attack from Heo Su-bong, and in the ensuing rally, Ahmed’s open attack went out of bounds to secure the precious point 3.

Woori Card’s left and right sides, Matei and Kim Ji-han, each scored 21 points, while middle blockers Lee Sang-hyun (11 points, 4 blocks) and Park Jun-hyuk (10 points, 2 blocks) also scored in double figures.

South Korean women’s national basketball team ace Park Ji-soo (Cheongju KB) was at the game to support her brother Park Jun-hyuk.

Ahmed scored a game-high 24 points, but made a critical offensive error in the fourth set. 사설토토

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