Samsung Fire recorded its first win in a cup competition against KEPCO.

Samsung Fire pulled off a come-from-behind 3-1 (22-25 25-12 25-19 25-19) victory over KEPCO in the men’s Group B match of the 2023 Gumi Dodram Cup Professional Volleyball Tournament at Park Jung-hee Gymnasium in Gumi on Sunday.

With the win, Samsung Fire will look to advance to the semifinals.

Samsung Fire received solid performances from Park Sung-jin (18 points), Kim Jung-ho (14 points), Yang Hee-joon (11 points), and Kim Jun-woo (10 points). They boasted a high offensive success rate of well over 50 percent.

KEPCO tried to win with Lee Tae-ho (19 points) and Park Chul-woo (9 points), but a lack of depth brought them to their knees.

After losing the first set due to a lack of depth at the end of the first set, Samsung Fire turned things around in the second set with the help of Kim Jun-woo and Yang Hee-joon.

KEPCO was unable to attack properly in the second set due to shaky organization.

Samsung Hwajae was dragged down by KEPCO early in the third set. However, trailing 8-11, they scored five straight points with a back attack by Kim Jung-ho and a block by Yang Hee-joon. Then, at 21-18, a quick open by Son Hyun-jong and a block by Park Sung-jin secured the third set.

Samsung Fire used its concentration late in the fourth set to close out the match. With the score at 17-16, Yang Hee-jun’s fastball and Kim Jung-ho’s serve helped the team close out the set.

Hyundai Capital lost its first Group B match against the Panasonic Panthers 0-3 (23-25 21-25 20-25).

Hyundai Capital, runners-up in last year’s V-League Championship Finals, faced Panasonic, the first team from overseas. Panasonic is a strong team that finished third in the Japanese V-League last year.

Hyundai Capital was led by Ham Hyung-jin (10 points), Lee Si-woo (10 points), and Moon Sung-min (9 points), but came up short against Panasonic’s solid volleyball.

Panasonic won their first match of the tournament to move to the top of Group B.

Panasonic’s Kunihiro Shimizu (13 points) and Takahiko Imamura (13 points) led the way in the win.

Hyundai Capital took an early lead in the first set thanks to Ham Hyung-jin and Moon Sung-min. However, they gave up the lead after the midway point and were unable to close the gap until the end of the set.

Hyundai Capital tied the score at 23-23 late in the set, but allowed back-to-back points to take the first set.

Unable to stop Shimizu, Hyundai Capital dropped the second set and were unable to handle Panasonic’s offense late in the third set.

Hyundai Capital committed a whopping 32 unforced errors. 파워볼게임

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