It is not easy for a new team to win the first win in a professional sports league. In particular, Pepper Savings Bank, a new member of the ‘7th Team’ in the women’s division of the V-League V-League in the 2021-2022 season, had many expectations that the first victory would be even more difficult. This is because in the special draft for a new team that can take one player from each of the existing six clubs, young players to develop with a long-term perspective instead of an immediate sense of power are nominated. In the end, the team was made up of only young players and young players with little experience in the starting lineup. However, due to the delay in the formation of the squad, he entered the league after only one month of proper training.
However, Pepper Savings Bank showed a formidable appearance, winning the first set in the founding match against KGC Ginseng Corporation on the 19th of last month. The fighting spirit created by the young players thirsting for opportunity was unexpectedly displayed in performance. On the 5th, they had a full set battle with Hyundai E&C, the league’s No. Expectations began to bloom that Pepper Savings Bank could make its first win sooner than expected.
In the end, the expectation became a reality before the first round was over. Pepper Savings Bank defeated IBK Industrial Bank of Korea with a set score of 3-1 (25-21 25-21 22-25 25-23) in the first round of the 2021-2022 V League held at Hwaseong Sports Complex in Gyeonggi-do on the 9th. Elisabeth (22), who was selected with the first overall pick in the foreign players draft, scored 39 points, the most for both teams, and unknown players firmly supported them.
The first set was taken 10-14 in the early stages, and after an attack from Park Kyung-hyeon and Elizabeth, they managed to gain momentum and win. Here, with Elizabeth’s performance, the 2nd set also took hold and drove IBK Industrial Bank to the final stage. However, the three sets were handed over to IBK Industrial Bank of Korea, which had the prestige of national representatives such as Kim Hee-jin, Kim Su-ji, and Pyo Seung-ju. The fourth set also fell 18-20, but IBK Industrial Bank succeeded in coming back from the chaos amid Kim Hee-jin’s injury and eventually won.
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