Yoo Seo-yeon’s strong serve that shone in the ‘Jung Ji-yoon intensive strategy’

The leader, Hyundai E&C, who was seldom defeated, fell to the strong serve of GS Caltex outside hitter Yu Seo-yeon (24, 174cm).

Yoo Seo-yeon played an active role with 12 points (40% attack success rate), including 4 subs, in a home game against Hyundai E&C in the 4th round of the Dodram V-League Women’s Division in the 2022-2023 season held at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on the 20th. She took the lead in the team’s set score 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 19-25, 25-23, 15-12) victory. 토토사이트

With this victory, GS Caltex escaped from a terrible relationship with Hyundai E&C. After March 5, 2021, he broke a losing streak against Hyundai E&C, which lasted 8 games. After the game, Yoo Seo-yeon said, “Hyundai E&C is a strong team, so I worked with the thought that I shouldn’t be vigilant until the end, but I think I won by enduring well.”

Before the game, GS Caltex coach Sang-Hyun Cha said, “I think (attack tactics) will change a lot depending on whether Jung Ji-yoon is put in.” The intention is to target Jung Ji-yoon, an outside hitter of Hyundai E&C, who is relatively weak in defense.

Jung Ji-yoon stepped on the court for a while in the first set, and then played the game in earnest from the second set. Then, in the second set, coach Cha ordered the players to serve targeting Jung Ji-yoon.

However, the serve did not go well as coach Cha thought. Director Cha said, “When Ji-yoon Jeong came in, we set up a strategy to attack the serve there, but it was rather burdensome, so the serve mistake was frequent.”

Nevertheless, Yoo Seo-yeon’s serve shined in the game. From the 4th set, where the set score was 1-2, a sharp serve laid the foundation for a reversal. Yu Seo-yeon said, “I did more serve training than usual, but I put my mind down.” She recalled, “Before hitting, I chanted, ‘Don’t miss, let’s put in a target hit.’”

Jung Ji-yoon showed a struggle with GS Caltex’s strong serve that day. With 19 points, he played an active role with an attack success rate of 54.84%, but his receiving efficiency was slightly shaky at 31.82%. Hyundai Engineering & Construction Director Kang Seong-hyeong encouraged Jeong Ji-yoon, saying, “I wanted to give (Ji-yoon Jeong) a chance, but it didn’t turn out the way we wanted.”

Yoo Seo-yeon was responsible for the attack with Kang So-hui (25 points) in a situation where foreign player Moma left due to injury at the beginning of the 4th set. In particular, he led the team to victory by making several decisive open attacks to escape the pursuit of Hyundai E&C in the 5th set.

The sudden loss of the main gun must have been burdensome, but Yoo Seo-yeon was calm. He said, “Moma was missing, but it was less of a burden than I thought. I thought I had to take responsibility for the ball that came up to me.” I gritted my teeth and hit him,” he smiled. 

GS Caltex was a bit sluggish at the beginning of the season, but recently has a three-game winning streak and is increasing the chances of advancing to the playoffs. With 2 points, 11 wins, 11 losses, 33 points, surpassed Korea Expressway Corporation (32 points) and rose to third place. Yoo Seo-yeon expressed confidence, saying, “In the beginning, the performance was not bad, but there were many games that did not work well as long as it was worth going up.”

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