Men’s professional volleyball Lincoln Williams (29) piloted Korean Air’s high flight.
Lincoln participated in the 3rd round away match against Hyundai Capital in the 2022-23 Dodram V League men’s division held at Cheonan Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium on the 18th, scoring 32 points (attack success rate 64.29%), the most in the team, and Korean Air’s set score 3-1 (attack success rate 64.29%). 25-17, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19) led to victory. He displayed consistent offensive power throughout the game and recorded the most points scored in an individual game this season.
Korean Air, who won 12 wins (2 losses) of the season with 6 consecutive wins, accumulated 36 points and kept first place in the league. It was 6 points ahead of second place Hyundai Capital (30 points) even though it played one less game. Hyundai Capital, which had been running for 6 consecutive wins, was caught again by the ‘nemesis’ Korea Hankong. 8 consecutive losses against Korean Air since the first round last season.
Korean Air showed perfect performance in the first set. He sent a sharp serve and shook the opponent’s receive. After regaining the right to attack with concentrated defense, he bombarded the opponent’s court by operating various scoring routes. One player, the league’s number one setter, gave attacking opportunities evenly, regardless of the side or center.
Foreign player Lincoln’s scoring ability stood out. In 1-1, he scored his first goal by blocking Hyundai Capital’s outside heater Jeon Kwang-in’s open attack, and in 5-5, he scored a touch-out with a back attack. In 19-15, 3 points in a row contributed to Korean Air’s victory. Even when handling an unstable toss or when there were more than two blockers, he even scored with concentrated play. Korean Air took the first set with an 8-point lead amid the performance of Lincoln, who scored 10 points. 스포츠토토
Korean Air suffered a blow in the second set. Hyundai Capital rookie setter Lee Hyeon-seung and middle blockers Choi Min-ho and Song Won-geun jointly failed to block the fast attack in the center. They also struggled with open attacks from side strikers Oreol and Heo Soo-bong, who became sharper than in the first set.
Lincoln scored consistently. He showed his presence whenever the score gap widened. If the straight-line open attack was particularly sharp in the KEPCO match on the 15th, the technical attack aimed at the empty spot in the center of the opponent’s court stood out on this day. 18-24, in the situation where the set point was given, Oreol’s open attack was blocked. Korean Air gave up the second set, but thanks to Lincoln’s hard work, they did not let go.
Lincoln led the team’s attack in the third set, which was the match’s winner. In the 5-5 tie, he succeeded in an open attack that ended a long rally, and also succeeded in scoring a 3-point lead at 10-8. 14-12, he led the touchout score even when he allowed a two-point chase.
A famous scene also appeared. Lincoln flew up as if he was going to spike in the turn of the serve from 16-13, strained the opponent’s defense, and then switched to a series of hits to score across the end line. The two defenders of Hyundai Capital caught off guard could not even move. Completely broke the opponent’s momentum.
For Korean Air, Kyu-Min Kim and Min-Jae Kim, a middle blocker duo, scored fast-breaking goals in turn to create a set point. Lincoln scored on a back attack to end the set at 24-21. Korean Air took the 4th set lightly. Lincoln succeeded in two open attacks that broke the balance in 9-9, blocked Hong Dong-seon’s spikes in 13-10, and even inserted a sub ace that put a wedge in the match in 16-12, flying until the final set.