I actually got up and watched the first set before falling back asleep. The business end of that first set, especially after reaching 20, was exquisite volleyball. When I woke up I was sure I would read GS won it 3–1
GS was unlucky to lose the first set but they came back with full force. Good to see GS Caltex doing well this season. Ever since they won 2013/14 championship, they have only made the post-season once and that was last season. I like a lot of their young players as they are very exciting to watch.
I thought the star for Hillstate (at least in the first set) was HWANG Min-Kyung. Apparently she's a vet. I'm not familiar with her but she had some solid kills and some true aces
Hwang Min-Kyung did well in the 1st set but quieten down in the following three sets. Yeah she's a veteran, she was drafted by Expressway at the 2008/09 Draft so this is like her 12th season. Moved to GS Caltex as a reward player for Bae Yoo-Na before the 2016/17 season and then moved to Hyundai the following season as FA status player. She has previously represented Korea at NT level, with her last appearance at the 2018 Asian Game and 2018 AVC Cup. Good in defence and has a decent serve. Also handy in attack but sometimes struggle against the blockers due to her height.
The rookie that I mentioned Lee Da-Hyeon got 7 kills from 8 attempts in the 4th set (her first proper chance).
Hillstate has a problem with their jersey design. From the back it looks like they are wearing overalls, or some kind of weird girdle
Is there someone I can talk to about this?
I think Hyundai have had this jersey design since 2017/18 season. I like the white version more than the dark blue. Overall, I do like the design but I would have prefer it if they had a more distinct V shape like the one on KGC uniform instead of |\___/|.
Beside the jersey, Hyundai have got another problem with their court. Hyundai have fork out a bit of money to have their team colours on the court at Suwon Gymnasium. But apparently the cameras are capturing the lights from the gymnasium reflecting off the new fluorescent green court and onto the players. You might have notice the players were a bit green from the photos and video of the Hyundai match against IBK. Some viewers are also finding it hard to watch the game due to the bright fluorescent green. Some Korean have jokingly commented that the players are like Shrek and Princess Fiona. Source: http://thespike.co.kr/article/view.php?no=12535
Btw, IBK has also changed the colour of their court too if anyone hasn't noticed.
End of the 1st round.... GS seems superior...
What happen to Hi-Pass and Altos?
hi-Pass seems have trouble with setter... Lee Hyo Hee is getting lower in performance, and her backup is not much help... They keep rotate the two setters back and forth even in 1 set....Park Jeong-Ah, Moon Jung-Woon, Jung Do Young, Bae Yoo-Na can't help their form....
Altos new coach haven't got a good formation....
I have no idea either why both Hi-pass and IBK are struggling so much this season.
I'm not very good at judging setters performances so I won't comment. I think the reason why they are rotating the setters is to give Lee Won-Jeong game time as I think she will become their main setter whenever Lee Hyo-Hee decide to retire.
The reason why Taylor didn't play in the 5th set against KGC was because she had some kind of abdominal injury.
IMO Park Sang-Mi seem to be doing a better job in the libero position for IBK. I have to say Kim Hee-Jin is playing rather poorly.
wow... I think It's the first time Yang Hyo Jin is not on Top 5 Block list, Lee Da Young is in instead... I think the last match vs Kixx ruined YHJ stats, where she performed poorly
Kixx attacking players dominate the spike, serve, and block lists.
Round 2 will be more interesting, I hope....
Same here, I think this might be the season that she will not be number 1 in block ranking at the end of the season. I think the match against Heungkuk also stuffed up her stats too. I just remembered there are two rookie setters that are taller than Da-Yeong. I wonder how good their blocks are.
Yeah, I hope it will be more interesting and competitive too. I don't want to see one team completely collapsing and giving away cheap sets.