Korea Expressway Corporation, where Catherine Bell (registered name Catbell), who joined as a substitute foreign player, played a big role, recorded two consecutive victories and maintained third place.
토토 Korea Expressway Corporation won 3-1 (30-28 26-24 20-25 28-26) against Ginseng Corporation in the 4th round of the women’s division of the Dodram V-League 2022-23 season held at the Gimcheon Indoor Gymnasium on the 6th.
Korea Expressway Corporation, which recorded two consecutive wins, widened the gap with 4th place GS Caltex (8 wins and 11 losses, 26 points) by 10 wins and 9 losses (29 points). Ginseng Corporation, which suffered two losses in a row, finished in 5th place with 8 wins and 11 losses (25 points).
Catbell, who joined Korea Expressway Corporation on behalf of Katarina Jovic (registered name Katarina) on the 4th, participated in team training for just one day, and led the team to victory by scoring 20 points, including 3 blocks.
In addition, domestic players also contributed to the victory, with Bae Yuna scoring 20 points, Jin Sae-yan 19 points, and Jeong Dae-young 10 points.
Catbell made a series of blunders in her first set as she seemed to be still a bit underwhelmed. Due to Catbell’s mistake, the road construction continued the game to 28-28. At the end of the first set, which was tense, Jin Sae-yan shone. Jin Sae-yan succeeded in consecutive open attacks, giving the team a 1-set victory.
Even in the second set, it was fierce. Korea Expressway Corporation scored with the attacks of Catbell and Bae Yu-na, and Ginseng Corporation counterattacked with the performance of Elisabeth Ine Barga (registered name Elisabeth). On 24-24, Catbell blocked Elisabeth’s attack and brought the atmosphere. Moon Jeong-won then finished the set with a serve score.
Ginseng Corporation started a counterattack by winning the third set. Even in the 4th set, until the last minute, Ginseng Corporation led 23-21, and seemed to lead the match to the 5th set.
At the moment of crisis, the power of Korea Expressway Corporation, the No. 1 blocking team this season, was displayed. Bae Yuna blocked Lee So-young’s attack and Jin Sae-yan scored to tie the game 23-23. Bae Yoo-na’s blocking again led the game to deuce. Following Jin Sae-yan’s score at 26-26, Catbell once again blocked Elisabeth’s attack to finish the game.
KB Insurance won a complete victory 3-0 (25-23 25-17 25-22) in the men’s match against Woori Card held at the Uijeongbu Gymnasium.
KB Insurance, which escaped from two consecutive losses, recorded 6 wins and 13 losses (18 points), surpassing Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (5 wins and 14 losses, 17 points) and came out of the bottom. Woori Card failed to win 3 and stayed in 4th place with 11 wins and 8 losses (29 points).
Andres Villena, a foreign player of KB Insurance, scored 25 points, the highest score among both teams, and played a key role in the victory. Setter Hwang Taek-eui, who played in seven games due to poor physical condition due to knee and back injuries, contributed to the victory with clever ball distribution.