Volleyball 1st Place Fight, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. and Heungkuk Life Insurance Co

It is a showdown worth more than six points. The professional volleyball women’s team Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Heungkuk Life Insurance will compete for the first place.

The two teams will have a showdown in the third round of the women’s Dodram V-League during the 2023-2024 season at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on Tuesday. Currently, Hyundai E&C ranks first with 12 wins, 4 losses and 37 points, while Heungkuk Life Insurance ranks second with 13 wins, 3 losses and 36 points.

They are neck-and-neck with one point difference, but the atmosphere is different recently. Hyundai Engineering & Construction is on an eight-game winning streak, and Heungkuk Life lost to the Korea Expressway Corporation in the previous game.

Hyundai Engineering & Construction’s momentum is scary. Jung Ji-yoon returned from injury and found stability by penetrating through the attack path, and Wifi was revived to balance the team’s attack. Ko Min-ji has also been replaced, adding stability to the defense.

Team serve is still at the bottom of the list (0.64 per set). However, the team ranks first in blocking (2.41 per set), third in scoring (1,387) and second in overall offense (42.45 percent).

In the first and second rounds with Heungkuk Life Insurance, they both lost after a full set match. There is no victory only in the Seungguk Life match this season.

Hyundai Engineering & Construction is determined to continue its winning streak. It has won eight consecutive games after losing its last two rounds against Heungkuk Life Insurance. It is on the road to Heungkuk Life Insurance and seeks nine consecutive wins with revenge.

On the other hand, Heungkuk Life has been somewhat slow. On the 9th, it lost 1-3 to GS Caltex, blocking its 10th consecutive win. In the match against IBK on the 14th, it won 3-2 but lost 2-3 in an away match against Korea Expressway Corporation on the 17th.

Heungkuk Life Insurance recently made a change in its setter. Park Hye-jin, who was out of the season last year after undergoing knee surgery, started the latest two consecutive games. She utilized her relatively large height of 177 centimeters to contribute to her attack.

However, main guns Kim Yeon-koung and Yelena are struggling as they have rarely displayed neat attacks. They are also thoroughly defending their opponents against Raina’s attacks, which need to penetrate offense from the front. We need to elevate our teamwork with Park Hye-jin.

To be ahead of the competition for first place, we need to win. It remains to be seen whether Hyundai Engineering & Construction will regain the top spot by increasing the number of consecutive wins to “9” or Heungkuk Life Insurance will regain the top spot on its home turf.


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