OK Financial Group Mourns Choi Hong-seok…Takes Lead, Reclaims 4th Place

OK Financial Group, mourning the passing of former volleyball player Choi Hong-seok, reclaimed fourth place with a four-game winning streak.

On Tuesday, OK Financial Group won a 3-1 (25-19 25-15 21-25 25-23) set victory over Woori Card in the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul.

With the win, OK Financial Group, 텍사스홀덤사이트 which has won four straight games, improved to 12-10 (33 points) and moved into fourth place, ahead of Hyundai Capital (31 points).

On the other hand, V-League leader Woori Card failed to close the gap on second-place Samsung Fire as they failed to end their nemesis relationship with OK Financial Group. Woori Card is now 1-3 against OK Financial Group this season.

The game was preceded by a moment of mourning for the late Choi Hong-seok, who passed away. Choi was drafted by Dream Six (now Woori Card) with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 rookie draft and won the Rookie of the Year award in 2011-12, becoming the first rookie to win the Triple Crown.

After playing for the Korea Electric Power Company and OK Financial Group, Choi retired from active duty at the end of the 2021-22 season and immediately turned to commentary.

In response, the three clubs he played for simultaneously posted on their social media accounts to mourn his passing, with his last team, OK Financial Group, wearing ribbons of respect, including head coach Ogino.

OK Financial Group rallied from their slump to take the first set or two. Woori Card, on the other hand, tried to break out of their slump against OK Financial Group by sending out Lee Seung-won instead of their main setter Han Tae-joon, but to no avail.

The victory went to foreign player Leo. Leo poured in 36 points, including four service aces and two blocks, and was supported by Shin Shin-jin (11 points) and Chae Ji-hwan (10 points).

For Woori Card, Matei led the offense with 35 kills and Kim Ji-han provided support with 11 kills, but the teams were evenly matched in attack percentage. Leo was efficient with a 57.69% attack success rate, while Matei was limited to 49.18%, which proved to be the difference.

Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, leader Hyundai E&C won their home match against GS Caltex at Suwon Indoor Gymnasium with a set score of 3-2 (30-28, 21-25, 25-16, 17-25, 19-17).

In particular, Hyundai E&C’s Yang Hyo-jin scored a team-high 25 points to become the first player in the V League to reach the 5,000-point mark in offense.

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