Samsung Fire 2nd, Yosubani 1st—OK Financial Group 4th in a row, Pepper Savings Bank 9th in a row

Samsung Fire reclaims second place in one day.

Samsung Fire swept OK Financial Group in straight sets 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-21) in a men’s home match of the Dodram 2023-24 V-League on Friday at Chungmu Gymnasium in Daejeon.

Samsung Fire (28-11, 5-6) moved back up the standings after losing second place to Korean Air (28-9, 6-6) two days ago. Both teams have the same number of points, but Samsung Fire, which has played one more match, is ahead in the standings.

Samsung Fire main gun Yosvani Hernandez (real name Yosvani) scored 28 points with a high attack success rate of 60.98%. Yosvani (465 points) regained the top spot in scoring after briefly losing it to KB Insurance’s Bijena (464 points). Korean attackers Shin Shin-ho (11 points) and Kim Jung-ho (10 points) also contributed to the team’s victory with double-digit scores.

At 19-20 in the first set, Kim led a 21-20 comeback with a service ace following a quick opener. At 24-22, Yosvani closed out the first set with a strong spike serve. OK Financial Group took the second set at 23-22 with back-to-back errors from Leonardo Leyva Martinez (registered name Leo) and Song Hee-chae.

Samsung Fire led 20-14 in the third set and tied the score at 21-21, but Shin Shin-ho blocked Leo’s follow-up attack. A block by setter Noh Jae-wook and a service ace by Yosubani sealed the win.

Fifth-ranked OK Financial Group, which was led by Leo with 15 points and a 43.33% attack percentage, suffered its fourth straight loss.

The women’s GS Caltex defeated Pepper Savings Bank in straight sets, 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-15), in an away match at Gwangju Pepper Stadium.

Third-place GS Caltex has 28 points (10-6), closing the gap on first-place Heungkuk Life (13-2) and second-place Hyundai E&C (11-4), who both have 35 points.

GS Caltex’s Giselle Silva (registered name Silva) scored 29 points and shot 58.54% from the field. Kang So-hwi added 12 points and became the 17th Korean player in the women’s division to reach 200 service points.

Last-place Pepper Savings Bank, which is in its third season of existence, has lost nine straight games (2-14, 6-6).

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