Reporter Kwon Hyeok-joon = The team, which was shaken by three consecutive losses, rebounded with three consecutive victories. The team atmosphere itself has changed. Korea Expressway Corporation, which replaced Katharina Jovic with Catherine Bell (registered name Catbell), properly ignited the fight for the middle rank.
The road construction only played one game last week. It was a match against Pepper Savings Bank on the 12th, and it was a complete victory of 3-0 (25-21 25-20 26-24).
It was a victory against the weakest Pepper Savings Bank, which has only 1 win (20 losses) this season, but it was a meaningful match for the Korea Expressway Corporation. This is because the only team that was defeated by Pepper Savings Bank was the road construction team.
On the 31st of last month, the last day of 2022, the Korea Expressway Corporation lost to Pepper Savings Bank 1-3 in the 3rd round confrontation. It was the first win of the season and the only win so far for Pepper Savings Bank, which had been mired in a 17-game losing streak before this game.
It was a thrilling victory for Pepper, but on the contrary, it was a shocking defeat for the road construction. After losing against Hyundai E&C, which had no foreign players, and being caught by GS Caltex, it fell into a three-game losing streak.
And after winning the KGC ginseng construction exhibition on the 3rd, the road construction carried out a foreigner replacement. It was decided to recruit Catbell, who had experience in the Korean league, instead of Katarina.
Road construction is the first team in the women’s team to replace a foreigner this season. IBK Industrial Bank also changed from the original idea, but it is a case of changing foreign players before the opening.
As a young player born in 1999, Katarina was expected to be ambitious, but her ups and downs were great as she entered the season.
His breathing with the setters was not very good, such as frequent absurd mistakes. Crucially, the back attack option was virtually blocked, so when he retreated to the rear, his utilization was low.
On the other hand, Catbell is a player who has already made his professional debut in the 2015-16 season V-League (GS Caltex) and has accumulated experience in various countries. It was also positive that he had no major problems with his domestic adaptation, as he played for Heungkuk Life Insurance last season.
Once there is a positive effect. After introducing Catbell, the Korea Expressway Corporation won both games and won three consecutive victories.
Catbell played full-time in the KGC Ginseng Corporation match on the 6th, 3 days after his arrival, and led the victory. With 20 points, he and Bae Yu-na scored the most points in the team, and the scoring routes were diverse, including 3 blocking and 2 back attacks.
It is a blemish that his attack success rate was only 25%, but it was necessary to consider that it was his first match.
On the following 12th, in the Pepper Savings Bank game, he scored 22 points, the most in the team. On this day, too, he recorded 2 blockings and 3 back attacks, and his attack success rate increased significantly to 43.48%.
Even as a whole team, it showed the second highest success rate after Park Jeong-ah (45.83%), so it was definitely improved.
The Korea Expressway Corporation also took revenge for the shocking defeat suffered in the previous 3 rounds with a ‘shutout victory’. 먹튀검증
Road Corporation, which continued its winning streak with the recruitment of Catbell, recorded a win rate of 11 wins and 9 losses, exceeding 50%. With 32 points, Hyundai Engineering & Construction (20 wins and 2 losses, 56 points) and Heungkuk Life Insurance (17 wins and 5 losses, 51 points) are in third place.
Rather than chasing Yanggang, it is more important to break away from the pursuit of 4th place GS Caltex (10 wins and 11 losses, 31 points) and 5th place KGC Ginseng Corporation (8 wins and 13 losses, 26 points), but right away last month Compared to that, the team atmosphere itself has changed.
Moreover, the fact that Park Jung-ah, who had been missing from an injury recently, returned from the match against Pepper Savings Bank last week is also a good news for the road construction.
Park Jung-ah, the captain of the national team, is a domestic striker who competes for the top spot in the league. He can show high competitiveness if he sortie in normal condition with Catbell.
Starting with IBK Industrial Bank this week, the Korea Expressway Corporation meets Heungkuk Life Insurance and Hyundai E&C’s ‘Yanggang’ in turn during the Lunar New Year holiday. It is a stage that can serve as a test bed for Korea Expressway Corporation, which is on the rise after the replacement of foreign workers.
If you fight on an equal footing with them, the composition of the women’s division can become more interesting until the rest of the regular season and even the postseason.