A bold lead to a quick two-step attack with a “bang!” “It’s the setter’s debut!” exclaims a smiling commander.
“It’s her first match as a setter, can she do this?”
It was a hard-fought five-setter. Both teams combined for 53 unforced errors.
But a win is all that matters. Samsung Fire won the third round of the Dodram 2023-2024 season at the Yoo Yoo Soon Gymnasium in Cheonan, South Korea, with a set score of 3-2. It was a dramatic come-from-behind victory.
After the game, 현금홀덤사이트 Samsung Fire head coach Kim Sang-woo was upbeat. Samsung Fire is like a sprout that is slowly opening up to the outside world after five dark seasons. Although they are still in the midst of a fierce battle for the top spot with only one or two points, the victory helped them move up to third place.
Especially, the performance of Lee Jae-hyun, who made his debut as a setter, shone. Lee Hogan suffered an ankle injury during the last match. When Noh Jae-wook faltered, Lee Jae-hyun was the only setter who could support him.
And it was Lee Jae-hyun who changed the game. With the score at 9-13, he came on as a substitute and turned the tide. At 23-24 in the third set, he heated up the scene with a thunderous two-step spike. Setter Noh Jae-wook led the team to victory in the fourth and fifth sets, but Lee Jae-hyun’s turning point was strong.
“He’s got guts, he’s got confidence, he’s got strength,” Kim smiled. “He’s been preparing for the season really hard and sincerely,” he added.
“It was a chance ball that hit the net, and there was no blocking,” he said of the second-stage attack, but he chuckled, saying, “She’s an aggressive setter because she’s short, but she did a great job attacking.”
He also expressed his gratitude and encouragement to outside hitter Kim Woo-jin, who has been playing since his discharge from the military.
“We have a 100 percent chance of winning the fifth set. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get the points, but we had the backbone to hold on and win. It’s important to note that we took control of the match. Our defense, concentration, and decision-making have definitely improved.”
It was a game with many errors, especially since Samsung Fire boasts a strong serve. Coach Kim Sang-woo said, “It’s very difficult to hit hard while reducing serve errors. We have to keep practicing and reduce it. There is also a way to have a strong serve like Kim Jung-ho did today, but hit it at 80%. I’m still working on it,” he sighed.
“Our height is a weakness. We need to make up for it in our serve, defense, and connection.”
Kim Jun-woo’s middle blocker partner is always a concern. Neither veteran Ha Hyun-yong-do nor rookies Eddie and Yang Hee-joon satisfied the coach.
“That spot is always a problem. Even today, while Jun-woo had five blocks, he didn’t do his job on the diagonal. Eddie’s serve is definitely his strength, so I’m trying to stick with him. Yang Hee-joon felt good today, but his game sense was the problem.”