Reporter Lee Jae-sang = In the 2022-23 season V-League, which is passing the last 6 rounds of the regular season, a competition for ranking is unfolding. The fight for first place, which can go directly to the championship match, is also hot, and the competition between teams to join ‘Spring Volleyball’ is fierce.
As of the 27th, a dizzy fight is unfolding in the men’s division to the extent that each leaderboard changes after every game.
The gap between the 1st and 2nd places, which once widened by more than 10 points, narrowed to just 1 point. Currently, Korean Air is in first place with 22 wins and 9 losses (65 points), and Hyundai Capital is in a narrow second place with 21 wins and 10 losses (64 points). There are only five games left before the team that will take the direct ticket to the championship is confirmed.
While Korean Air, which is trying to win a combined three-game losing streak, faltered with 2 wins and 4 losses in the 5th round, Hyundai Capital recorded 5 wins and 1 loss, igniting the competition for the lead.
While Hyundai Capital is on a 5-game winning streak, Korean Air is also maintaining its lead by shaking off sluggishness and winning 2 games in a row.
The direction of first place is expected to be overshadowed in the 6th round confrontation between Korean Air and Hyundai Capital, which will be held in Incheon on the 5th of next month. In the opponent’s record, Korean Air leads with 4 wins and 1 loss, but in the 5th round confrontation on the 10th, Hyundai Capital won with a set score of 3-1 and launched a counterattack.
Mid-level teams are also fiercely fighting for positions in spring volleyball. In the case of the men’s division, if the difference in points between the 3rd and 4th placed teams is 3 points or less, a semi-playoff will be held with a single game.
Currently, KEPCO is in third place with 15 wins and 16 losses (47 points), followed by Woori Card (44 points), OK Financial Group (41 points), and KB Insurance (41 points).
Although KEPCO, which has been showing good trends recently, has the most advantage, Woori Card and OK Financial Group also have ample opportunities. If they win streak in the remaining 5 games, it is not safe for any team to join the postseason.
In the women’s division, the competition between Heungkuk Life Insurance and Hyundai E&C for first place in the regular season is fierce. 토토사이트
While Hyundai E&C, which had been leading the way until the 5th round, was sluggish with 1 win and 5 losses in the last 6 games, Heungkuk Life Insurance, led by Kim Yeon-kyung, took the lead.
Heungkuk Life Insurance, with 23 wins and 8 losses (70 points), is 6 points ahead of second place Hyundai E&C (64 points, 22 wins and 9 losses), raising the possibility of going directly to the championship. Heungkuk Life Insurance, which was troubled after the resignation of manager Kwon Soon-chan early last month, found stability when world-renowned Italian coach Marcello Abondanza took over.
If more than 12 points are harvested with 5 games left, Heungkuk Life Insurance will have 82 points, and regardless of the result of Hyundai E&C, it can confirm its first place in the regular league on its own.
The competition to advance to the postseason is also hot. KGC Ginseng Corporation, directed by Koh Hee-jin, is showing a green light for spring volleyball for the first time in six years since the 2016-17 season, with a recent 5-game winning streak.
With 16 wins and 15 losses (49 points), it is widening the gap with 4th place Korea Expressway Corporation (48 points), 5th place GS Caltex (41 points), and 6th place IBK Industrial Bank (41 points).
The women’s division, which became a 7-team system for the first time last season, is likely to have its first ever semi-playoff. In the women’s division, as in the men’s division, if the points between the 3rd and 4th places are 3 points or less, a semi-playoff will be held with a single game.