Congratulations to Hyundai E&C for winning the 2019 KOVO Cup .
This is the third KOVO Cup win for Hyundai and it is their first in 5 years (with their previous win coming in 2006 and 2014). I am amazed at the fact that over five games, Hyundai had to play 24 sets from a possible 25 to be crowned this year champion. Overall, the 2019 KOVO Cup was very competitive between the six V-League teams, with 7 out of 9 matches going to the fifth set. This year MVP Go Ye-Rim looks like a really good addition for Hyundai, maybe she will be the missing link to help them to win a third championship.
Well done to KGC too, fighting back from two sets down to take the game to the fifth set against Hyundai. Seriously, I didn't think they would even make it to the final after such a poor opening match with Heungkuk. KGC heavy reliance on their foreign player remains.
Hyundai had a great chance to end the game in the fourth set leading 17-10 but let that lead erode down to 23-22. Then with 2 spiking errors and one reception failure, Hyundai handed the set to KGC to take the match to a fifth set .
KGC led right from the start and it looks like KGC would win back-to-back KOVO Cup. But after reaching match point with the score at 14-11, KGC then goes and return the favour to Hyundai by committing three costly errors (reception failure, position violation, and spiking error) to be trailing Hyundai 14-15 . The two teams then traded a few points before Jeong Ji-Yun gave Hyundai a third match point with a block-out. Ji-Yun then won the match for Hyundai by blocking Diouf backcourt spike.
Some good performances from a few of the youngster at this tournament, GS Caltex Park Hye-Min [OH], Heungkuk Lee Ju-Ah [MB], KGC Ha Hyo-Rim [S], and Hyundai E&C Kim Da-In [S] and Jeong Ji-Yun [MB] .