Even though the game didn’t go the way the team wanted, the head coach offered encouragement instead of reprimand. After an evenly matched game against leader Heungkuk Sinsung, IBK found hope in defeat.
IBK ended the first round of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Women’s Division with a 2-4 record (5 points) after falling 1-3 (24-26 15-25 19-25 26-28) against Heungkuk Saengsang in the first round at the Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on Thursday.
Brittany Abercrombie and Pyo Seung-ju combined for 20 points, while Hwang Min-kyung chipped in with seven. However, the team’s lack of rebounding proved to be their undoing.
In terms of power, Heungkuk Sinsaeng’s dominance was expected. Before the game, IBK head coach Kim Ho-cheol said, “Except for Heungkuk Sinsaeng, the other teams are similar in strength, and it will be a more difficult season because they can win or lose depending on their condition that day.” “The first game of the second round is also against Heungkuk Sinsaeng, so we have to play two games in a row, and I think the players will play a difficult game,” he said.
However, Kim added, “We will play to the best of our ability. The volleyball is round, and the players are in good spirits,” he said, wishing them well. 토토사이트
Whether or not the coach’s message got through to the players, IBK came back from a 2-8 deficit in the first set to win the deuce with a focused effort. Although Heungkuk Sinsang took the first set, IBK pushed back hard against Heungkuk Sinsang with Abercrombie.
In the second set, Abecrombie scored six kills and Pyo Seung-ju contributed with five kills, especially with a higher attack success rate (48%) than Heungkuk Life (30.3%).
After dropping the third set, IBK kept hope alive by holding the lead until midway through the fourth set, but giving up five points down 21-16 was painful. After reaching set point first at 24-23, a service error by Ponpun Gedpard (registered name Ponpun) and an attack error by Abercrombie set the tone for the rest of the match, which ended with an error by Abercrombie at 26-27.
While the team may have been disappointed that they were unable to hold on to their five-point lead and get the win, coach Kim Ho-cheol was full of encouragement. “For a game like today, I think our players did a good job,” he said afterward, “We didn’t start well because of the reception, but we overcame that. I think they did a good job.”