‘New solver Lim Seong-jin, Thais of fighting spirit’ KEPCO’s thrilling spring volleyball  

KEPCO, which placed 4th in the regular season, escaped from the edge of a cliff in a forced march of 3 games in 5 days.

KEPCO scored a set score of 3-2 (25-18, 21-25, 25-25-18, 21-25, 25-18) in the second leg of the playoff (PO, 3 matches, 2 wins) against Hyundai Capital in the 2022-23 Dodram V League held at the home Suwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 26th. 18, 25-27, 18-16). KEPCO, which lost 2-3 at the end of the longest PO game in history (2 hours and 38 minutes, 2013-14 Hyundai Capital-Korean Air, 2 hours and 26 minutes) in the first game, took the match to the final game 3. It gave a thrilling victory to the home fans, who recorded the largest number of spectators (3,504) in a single game this season.  

KEPCO coach Kwon Young-min confessed before the game that day, “After losing the first game, I couldn’t sleep because I was recovering from the game. I kept thinking about what I had done wrong and looked back.” KEPCO is on a forced march, playing games every two days since the 22nd. KEPCO, which gained momentum by defeating Woori Card 3-1 in the semi-PO, played a close two-point match in each set in the first round of the PO on the 24th, but fell to its knees 2-3 and stopped the flow. To make matters worse, the lesser Thai host was struggling with knee pain. Coach Young-min Kwon said before the game on the 26th, “Tai’s is not a big injury, but it’s an injury he’s always had since the regular season. It’s painful.”  

Instead, KEPCO has Lim Seong-jin, who emerged as a new solver through this postseason (PS). Outside heater (left) Lim Seong-jin, who joined as the second overall in the first round of the 2020-21 season, scored 22 points, the most on the team in the first round of PO, with a success rate of 54.55%. He also scored 23 points and a success rate of 57.58% in the second game that day. Even Hyundai Capital coach Choi Tae-woong, the enemy manager, said, “Lim Seong-jin’s growth is very fast. Although he is young, he is bold and has a sense of stability. It seems that Seong-jin Lim is running to his prime.” 

Tais only scored 6 points (38.46% success rate) until the 2nd set that day due to knee pain. But he showed his concentration from the middle of the game. In the end, he scored 24 points, the most in the team, and raised his attack success rate to 50%.

Lim Seong-jin and Tais are recording double-digit scores in all three volleyball games this spring. In the 5th set, the two players were outstanding. In 5-5, Lim Seong-jin, who was in the rear, succeeded in digging consecutively, and Thais succeeded in an open attack, leading to a 6-5 comeback. Then, the opponent’s mistake led to a 7-5 lead. The Thais had a sub ace at 10-9. Then, the cheers of the home fans at the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium, which recorded the highest number of spectators this season, soared to the highest pitch. Seongjin Lim succeeded in a quick open at 11-11 and an open attack at 14-14. With the match point at 15-16, Tais tied the game again with an open attack score. Following Jo Geun-ho’s serve ace, Seo Jae-deok succeeded in a back attack, and the close match lasted 2 hours and 33 minutes and was turned into a victory. 

Manager Kwon Young-min said, “It must have been physically difficult, but the players did well until the end and won. (Lim) Seong-jin is now becoming a true ace in offense, serve, and reception.” Lim Seong-jin said, “I’m getting good results because I play boldly with an all-or-nothing attitude. My older brothers must be having a hard time, but I think I’ll have to jump one step further.”  메이저놀이터

KEPCO has never advanced to the championship match (3 wins in 5 games), let alone won. On the 27th at 7:00 pm at the Cheonan Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium, we will challenge the team’s new history in the 3rd PO game. Hyundai Capital was defeated as Heo Soo-bong scored 30 points, but Oreol Camejo only scored 13 points. 

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