Korean Air has reached the semifinals of the KOVO Cup. He also smiled in the first head-to-head confrontation of a foreign coach.

Korean Air won the second Group A match against OK Financial Group at the 2023 Gumi-Dodram Cup professional volleyball tournament held at Gumi Park Chung-hee Gymnasium on the 8th with a set score of 3-2 (25-21 21-25 24-26 25-21 15-9).

On this day, which attracted attention as the first foreign coach in the history of the V-League, Korean Air coach Tommy Tilikhainen won a decision victory over Ogino Massage OK Financial Group coach.

Korean Air, which defeated Woori Card in the first game of the group stage, defeated OK Financial Group and succeeded in advancing to the semifinals regardless of the result of the third game. OK Financial Group became 1 win and 1 loss.

Korean Air’s Lee Joon led the attack with 22 points, and Kwak Seung-seok contributed 15 points. Lee Soo-hwang and Cho Jae-young added 13 points each.

Cha Ji-hwan of OK Financial Group exploded 26 points, the highest score among both teams, but it did not lead to victory.

Taking a 16-14 lead in the middle of the first set, Korean Air ran away to 20-17 with Lee Soo-hwang’s quick attack and Kwak Seung-seok’s open goal. Afterwards, Lee Joon’s back attack and Kwak Seung-seok’s open attack brought the first set.

The second set was occupied by OK Financial Group.

At 12-9, Cha Ji-hwan’s consecutive goals, Lee Jin-seong’s quick-off, Park Won-bin’s fast break, and Jeon Byung-seon’s quick open were combined to maintain the lead.

After stepping on the 20-point high first, the opponent’s mistake came out, and Jeon Byung-sun’s open and Park Won-bin’s quick attack hit the mark, winning the second set.

After leading 8-4 at the beginning of the 3rd set, OK Financial Group took a slight lead 17-15 in the middle. Afterwards, the score was tied at 19-19, but Lee Jin-seong’s open scoring and Shin Ho-jin’s blocking led to a 23-20 tie.

It became deuce 24-24, but won 26-24 with Park Won-bin’s serve ace and Shin Shin-jin’s open attack.

The embattled Korean Air returned the game to square one in the fourth set.

After reaching 20 points with Cho Jae-young’s quick break and Lee Joon’s open attack at 18-14, he steadily accumulated points and made set points.

Cha Ji-hwan allowed a quick open score, but Cha Ji-hwan’s follow-up serve was caught in the net and took the fourth set.

Korean Air ended in victory.

At the beginning of the fifth set, Jin Ji-wi and Cho Jae-young led 12-6 due to blocking and Lee Joon’s time delay attack, and immediately allowed a chase to run to 12-9, but the victory was confirmed by Lee Joon’s consecutive score and Jin Ji-wi’s blocking.

Woori Card won the second Group A match against KB Insurance with a set score of 3-0 (25-1925-1925-19).

Woori Card, which was completely defeated by Korean Air on the 6th, secured a foothold in the semifinals by winning with the players’ even performance.

Woori Card’s Kim Ji-han (18 points), Song Myung-geun (9 points), and Han Sung-jung (8 points) led the victory, while Kim Ji-han added three blocking and one serve ace.

Woori Card boasted a high attack success rate of 55.38 percent and solid reception.

KB Insurance tried to win because Son Joon-young (22 points) was bombed high, but lost two consecutive games, and made 29 mistakes during the third set, leaving a regret.

Woori Card began to lead 9-3 early in the first set with the performances of Kim Ji-han and Han Sung-jung, and later beat the opponent’s chase with the performances of Song Myung-geun and Han Sung-jung.

KB Insurance committed 11 crimes in a single set and destroyed itself.

Woori Card scored three consecutive points with Park Joon-hyuk’s blocking and Kim Ji-han’s serve ace in the second set, and Kim Ji-han and Choi Seok-ki later played a big role, and jumped to the opponent’s side in 16-14, widening the gap.

There was a neck-and-neck race in the third set, and if Woori Card led by Kim Ji-han ran away, KB Insurance caught up.

However, Woori Card escaped from 15-15 to 17-15 taking advantage of Song Myung-geun’s fast opening and the opponent’s net touch, and immediately, Song Myung-geun’s powerful serve ace exploded, widening the gap.

Woori Card actually decided the game by running away from 18-16 to 22-16 thanks to Kim Ji-han’s consecutive goals.

KB Insurance knelt down as its organizational power faltered toward the second half of the third set.


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