Can Pepper Savings Bank, which is mired in a 13-game losing streak, report its first win of the season?
Pepper Savings Bank will play the 3rd round of the women’s division of the ‘Dodram 2022-2023 V-League’ against KGC Ginseng Corporation at Pepper Stadium in Gwangju at 7:00 pm on the 14th. Pepper Savings Bank, which is struggling with 13 consecutive losses (1 point) in the opening season, is hoping for a victory over the Ginseng Corporation.
Pepper Savings Bank, which is in its second season, has given up all 13 games since the opening, starting with the first game against Heungkuk Life Insurance on October 25th. Combined with the record at the end of the 2021-2022 season, it is 16 consecutive losses. It has already taken on the disgrace of the most consecutive losses in the opening of the women’s division (previous 2007-2008 season, 2018-2019 season Hyundai E&C 11 consecutive losses). Former manager Kim Hyung-sil, the founding command tower, resigned on the 29th of last month when he was in the middle of a 10-game losing streak, and he added 3 consecutive defeats even after entering the system of acting manager Lee Kyung-soo. In the end, there is even a word called ‘turning a bomb’ about losing to Pepper Savings Bank.
Pepper Savings Bank recruited Lee Go-eun, a setter who played for Korea Expressway Corporation before the opening, as a free agent (FA). In addition, they exercised the first choice in both the rookie draft and the foreign player draft, selecting 스포츠토토 middle blocker (center) Er Hung and apositive spiker (light) Nia Reid, respectively. However, it is at the bottom in team attack success rate (33.76%) and blocking points (1.56 per set). Due to the fixed starting lineup and the lack of skills of the backup members, they are suffering from a sharp decline in physical strength at the end of each game. Concerns are growing that they will perform worse than last season, when they won 3 wins (11 points).
Fortunately, Pepper Savings Bank is showing hope in the supervisory system. The defensive power is gradually improving, and the serve, which Acting Lee selected as the key point, is also showing power. The number of offenses that hindered him last season has also decreased significantly. The fact that Ginseng Corporation (2-3 loss on November 16) was the only opponent to win 1 point this season could work positively for the Pepper Savings Bank players. Acting Lee said, “We can continue to lose, but there is hope because we can see things getting better as we play.”
Ginseng Corporation also needs a reversal. They are currently in 6th place with 4 wins and 8 losses and 13 points. Including the recent 4 consecutive losses, they have been sluggish with 1 win and 5 losses in 6 matches in the 2nd round. Foreign player Elisabeth is showing off her power by leading the scoring (341 points), but the contribution of domestic players is very disappointing.