‘Lim Dong-hyuk’s 22-point outburst’ Korean Air completes shutout over KEPCO

The Korean Air Jumbos have finally regained the top spot in the men’s professional volleyball league. It’s been 74 days since Nov. 29 last year.

Korean Air defeated visiting KEPCO 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-17) in straight sets in the fifth round of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Men’s Division at Suwon Indoor Gymnasium in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, on Nov. 11.

With the win, Korean Air, which has won three straight matches, moved into first place with 17 wins and 11 losses (53 points), ahead of Woori Card (18 wins and 9 losses – 52 points). KEPCO, which was looking to move into the top three with a late first-half surge, dropped its third straight match and remained in fifth place with 14 points (41).

Korean Air apo jit spiker Lim Dong-hyuk led both teams to the shutout victory with a game-high 22 points. The team’s offensive success rate of 64.52 percent was steady throughout the three sets. Jung Sung-seok and Kim Min-jae each added eight kills to support Lim.

The team had a huge 14-to-6 advantage in blocks and a dominant 51.43 percent to 35.8 percent attack success rate. KEPCO’s Tys Dul Host scored a team-high 12 points, but his performance was the difference in the loss.

Korean Air dominated the first set. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Han’s serve, and KEPCO was unable to tie the game due to a series of errors. Korean Air middle blocker Kim Min-jae’s presence shone in each tiebreaker. She scored on a fast break for a 13-12 lead and then scored again on a fast break for a 14-13 lead. Unable to keep up with the score at this point, KEPCO surrendered the first 20 points of the set to Lim Dong-hyuk on an open kill and Murad on a quick open to lose the first set.

Korean Air’s dominance continued in the second set. In an early tie, Korean Air took the lead with a quick open from Lim Dong-hyuk and a blocked point from Jeong Jung-seok. A back-attack by Lim extended the lead to 20 points and a missed serve by Tice gave Korean Air the second set.

The third set followed a similar pattern. Korean Air controlled Gisun with blocking, as Jeong Ji-seok blocked Park Chul-woo’s open attack and Han Sun-soo blocked Lee Si-mon’s quick open. The score easily reached 20 points as Lim Dong-hyuk continued to score and Kim Gyu-min was a presence in the center before his substitution. KEPCO was unable to keep up with the score due to frequent serve errors, and eventually had to settle for three points on a back-attack by Jeong Ji-seok.

The V-League Women’s Division also saw a fierce mid-table battle. On the same day (Nov. 11), Jung Kwan-jang defeated Korea Road Corporation 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21) at home in the women’s V League Round 5 at Chungmu Gymnasium in Daejeon, South Korea.

With the win, fourth-ranked Jung Kwan-jang improved to 14 wins and 14 losses (44 points), extending its lead over fifth-ranked IBK (13 wins, 14 losses, 39 points) and closing in on third-ranked GS Caltex (16 wins, 11 losses, 45 points) by one point.

Jung’s trio of Jia, Mega, and Lee So-young combined for 61 points with 23, 22, and 16 points, respectively, to dominate the Korea Expressway Corporation court. Among them, Mega was the centerpiece with 22 points on 54.05% offensive success rate. Despite being outblocked 6 to 13, the trio had more firepower with an even offensive share. Vukiric led both teams with 32 points, but Korea Express had to settle for a second straight loss due to a lack of focus in close games.

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