‘Invitational team’ Japan’s Panasonic wins third straight Cup, beats Samsung Fire, advances to semifinals as group leader

‘Invitational team’ Japan’s Panasonic wins third straight Cup, beats Samsung Fire, advances to semifinals as group leader

Invitational team Japan’s Panasonic Panthers defeated Samsung Fire to complete a three-game winning streak in the group stage of the 2023 Gumi Dodram Cup Professional Volleyball Competition (KOVO Cup).

Panasonic defeated Samsung Fire in straight sets, 3-2 (25-17 25-19 28-30 23-25 15-13), in the third match of the men’s Group B preliminary round at the Gumi Park Jung-hee Gymnasium in Gumi, Gyeongbuk, on Nov. 11.

Panasonic, which topped Group B with three wins, will play Group A runner-up OK Financial Group at 4 p.m. on Wednesday for a ticket to the final.

Takahiko Imamura led the way with 19 points. Keitaro Nishikawa chipped in with 15 points.

Meanwhile, Samsung Chemicals, which lost the Group 1 championship game, advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 record and second place in Group B. They will meet Group A champion Korean Air in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Park Sung-jin led the way with 22 points and Shin Shin-ho had 20, but a lack of late-game heart cost them.

After winning the first and second sets in straight sets, Panasonic was on the verge of a shutout victory in the third set at 24-22, but could not withstand Samsung Fire’s onslaught and lost the third set after conceding a deuce.

Panasonic seemed to panic and dropped the fourth set to Samsung Fire to level the set at 2-2.

However, in the fifth set, Panasonic showed a strong focus. With the score tied at 13-13, they scored two consecutive points to win the match.

Meanwhile, in the earlier Group B match between Hyundai Capital and KEPCO, Hyundai Capital won the set 3-1 (25-20 18-25 25-22 25-22).

Hyundai Capital, which had already lost two straight games to miss the semifinals, finished the tournament in third place in Group A with a 1-2 record.

HMC was led on offense by Lee Seung-jun with 28 points, followed by Kim Sun-ho with 13 points.

KEPCO, on the other hand, ended the tournament without a win after losing all three games.

KEPCO’s Lee Tae-ho led the way with 31 points, but the team lacked options to back him up.

Hyundai Capital focused on the third set, which was tied 1-1. With the score tied at 22-22, they took the lead with a kill by Jung Tae-joon, followed by an effective block by Kim Sun-ho, a successful defense and an attack by Lee Seung-jun.

At 24-22, Ham Hyung-jin’s dig and Lee Seung-jun’s hard hit ended it. 메이저사이트

The fourth set was a similar story. Once again, the score was tied at 22-22, but this time, Jung Tae-joon and Ham Hyung-jin got back-to-back blocks to gain momentum and eventually win the set.


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