“We survived, and that’s the biggest takeaway from today’s game.”
‘Tsundere’ (cold on the outside, but warm on the inside) Red Sparks head coach Ko Hee-jin said after the game against the Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders on Nov. 26, referring only to the performance of foreign player Giovanna Milana (registered name Jia).
Even when the players cried after the dramatic come-from-behind victory, he remained stoic, saying, “I would be overwhelmed, but I don’t think it’s time yet,” but he praised her performance.
Jung Kwan-jang was in a tight spot on the day as he dropped the first and second sets to Heungkuk Life, especially in the second set when he was down to deuce.
At 25-25, Jia’s spike went off the court line, tipping the balance of the match in favor of Heungkuk Life.
‘Scoring machine’ Megawatti Puttiwi (registered name Mega) scored to make it 26-26, but Heungkuk Life’s Yelena Mrazenovic (registered name Yelena) attacked back-to-back to finish the second set 26-28.
As Jia stood in front of the net with a dejected look on her face, the commentators lamented, “At times like this, foreign players should do the job.” 호텔카지노
Jung Kwan-jang fought back to take the third set 25-22, but Jia’s offense never really came alive.
She scored just six points in the third set, and her attack percentage was the lowest on the team at 27.27%.
She also committed eight errors. It was a moment when Coach Ko’s pre-match statement, “I’m expecting a lot from Jia today,” came to naught.
But in the fourth set, her offense and blocking started to come alive.
Jia scored three points from blocking in the fourth set alone, and confidently slammed down spikes for four more points.
Heungkuk Life conceded four points at the start of the game and quickly lost the fourth set (7-25) as their reception collapsed.
Jung Kwan-jang scored 12 consecutive points, tying the record for most consecutive points in a game.
In the fifth set, Jia and Mega continued to work as a duo, combining for 15 points.
At 17-16, with the score tied at deuce, the final serve came from Mega’s hand and ended with a spike from Jia.
Jia scored 14 points in the fourth and fifth sets alone to finish the match with 20 total points, second on the team behind Mega (31).
Heungkuk Saengsang’s Yelena and Kim Yeon-kyung also recorded match-highs with 26 and 25 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to stop Jia’s late comeback.