From the 5th round, the biggest issue is the mid-level fight.
In the Dodram V-League men’s round 5 match that started on the 1st, Hyundai Capital won OK Financial Group by a set score of 3-1 at home and started to consolidate second place. Hyundai Capital recorded 49 points, 10 points ahead of Woori Card 메이저놀이터 (39 points) in third place. While 6 points behind the leader Korean Air (55 points), it began to widen the gap with the mid-ranking teams. There is a difference of 12 points from the 4th place OK Financial Group (37 points). It doesn’t look easy to reverse in the remaining rounds.
Leading Korean Air, which has not lost its pace throughout this season, is slowing down with three losses in the new year, but it is a team that has the potential to maintain its current ranking unless there is a major change.
From now on, it seems that the fight for 3rd and 4th places, which can advance to spring volleyball, will be the most intense. Woori Card and OK Financial Group are competing by two points. Semi-playoffs for 3rd and 4th place will be held when the difference in points is within 3 points. If it is the current interval, it is possible.
The main character that ignites the fire in the battle for middle rank is Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). They suffered 9 straight losses until the first game of the 4th round and were in crisis, but in the last 5 games, they recorded 4 wins and 1 loss, and are quickly pursuing the middle ranks. With 32 points, it is 7 points behind Woori Card and 5 points behind OK Financial Group, but there are still many games left. Looking at the recent trend, it is expected to accelerate the pursuit of the 3rd and 4th places from the 5th round as it does not fall behind Woori Card or OK Financial Group.
Another variable is KB Insurance. KB Insurance, which stayed at the bottom until the third round, completely changed the flow after replacing a foreign player with Villena. In the 4th round, we recorded 3 wins and 3 losses, and in the first game of the 5th round, we won a surprise victory against Woori Card. Although they are slightly behind with 27 points, they did not give up the chase. It may be difficult to catch up, but the role of the red pepper powder bag is enough.
Now, the results of head-to-head matches between mid-table teams have become important. In addition, there may be situations where joy and sorrow may be mixed for one victory point.