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[Pro Volleyball] Samsung Beats V-league Leader Hyundai

Posted March. 02, 2009 06:39,   


“When he doesn’t do a celebratory performance, I ask him to do it. He spices up our team,” said Shin Chi-yong, coach of the Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance Blue Fangs, about center Goh Hee-jin.

No. 2 Samsung beat the top-ranked Hyundai Capital Skywalkers 3-2 (35-33, 25-18, 25-27, 21-25, 17-15) yesterday in an away game at Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province.

With the fifth set tied at 8-8, Goh turned the tide by blocking Hyundai’s Joo Sang-yong’s spike. Goh ran around the court with smile and cupped his right hand on his ear to taunt the crowd.

Goh had two consecutive blocks when his team was leading 10-9. In front of the frustrated Hyundai fans, he did a celebratory dance and did a high-five with his coach.

Traditionally, Hyundai is good at blocking. It averaged 3.5 blocks per set (Samsung 1.9) in five matches against Samsung this season.

Goh, however, beat Hyundai by scoring six points through blocks. Samsung (22-6) is just a point behind Hyundai (23-5). Samsung is 4-2 against Hyundai this season.

Samsung’s Angelco Chuck scored 45 points, the highest for an individual this season.

Coach Shin said, “I want to appreciate our players’ responsibility and their strong mind. Since it’s getting toward the end of the season, I just care about injuries, not for the top spot in the V-league.”

In other action, Cuban import Yosleyder Cala of the No. 3 Korean Air Jumbos (17-11) had 21 points to beat the hapless KEPCO 45 (1-27) 3-0 (25-18, 28-26, 25-23).