Korea Electric Power (KEPCO) turned over again.
KEPCO defeated Woori Card with a set score of 3-1 (25-19 25-18 18-25 25-22) in the ‘Dodram 2022-2023 V-League Postseason’ semi-playoff (junior PO) held at Jangchung Gymnasium on the 22nd. I beat it and went to PO. KEPCO, 4th in the regular league, met Woori Card, who was a semi-PO opponent in the 2021-2022 season, on a single wooden bridge for two consecutive seasons and succeeded in another’upset’. It was the first win in the postseason for KEPCO coach Kwon Young-min, who took office in April last year. 안전놀이터
Outside heater (left) Seo Jae-deok’s performance was important for KEPCO. This is because it was obvious that if he relied on Thais, a foreign player (27 points, 52.27% attack success rate), his numbers would be read. Coach Kwon set up a plan to make up for the offensive power by putting in veteran Park Cheol-woo immediately if Seo Jae-deok’s performance did not come out as expected that day. However, Seo Jae-deok played an active role with 13 points (50.00%), so there was almost no situation where coach Kwon would use the second best plan unless it was for physical strength.
Coach Kwon remembered how Seo Jae-deok was especially strong in the regular league Woori Card match. Seo Jae-deok scored the most 127 points (47.24%) in the Woori Card match among the 6 men’s teams. Coach Kwon said, “In the regular league, we faced Woori Card with 3 wins and 3 losses. If you do that today (22nd) as well, wouldn’t you win?”
Director Kwon’s predictions were correct from the first set. Seo Jae-deok caught the blockers of Woori Card who were focused on Thais by scoring both front and rear positions as well as serving. Thanks to Tais and Seo Jae-deok’s perseverance, other strikers such as Lim Seong-jin and Shin Young-seok bought time to find their senses. KEPCO, whose strikers survived, took the first and second sets one after another and tipped the pendulum for victory even more.
KEPCO struggled with Woori Card foreign player Agamez and lost the third set, but it did not take long to regain the atmosphere. The 4th set was a battle of height and concentration. Woori Card failed to catch up with KEPCO because it was unable to manage the room. KEPCO finished the game with Thais’ blocking goal at the match point.