Samsung Fire has reached the final of the Professional Volleyball Cup for the first time in five years. Samsung Fire defeated last year’s champions Korean Air 3-1 (25-18 22-25 25-22 25-22) in the men’s semi-finals of the 2023 Gumi Dodram Cup Professional Volleyball Competition (the Cup) at Park Jung-hee Gymnasium in Gumi, Gyeongbuk, on ednesday. Samsung Fire is making its first appearance in the final of the Cup for five years since 2018, when it defeated KB Insurance to win the title. Korean Air, who came into the tournament with just 10 players after sending key players to the Asian Volleyball Championships and the Summer World University Games, played creative volleyball with positional breakdowns to top Group A, but fell short in the semi-finals due to poor fitness .Korean Air won the triple crown last season, winning the cup, regular season and championship. They were led by the formidable offence of the Samsung Fire triple tower of Kim Jung-ho (23 points), Park Sung-jin (23 points) and Shin Shin-ho (22 points). The trio were on fire, each boasting an attack success rate of over 50 per cent. Samsung Fire, who reached the semi-finals as runners-up in Group B after losing to invitees Japan Panasonic in a five-set thriller the day 토토사이트 before, outplayed Korean Air in a match that had been a concern .Samsung Chemicals rattled Korean Air’s receivers with its serve to take the first set easily. Then, with the score tied 1-1 in the third set, a blocker touch-out by Shin, a block by Kim Jun-woo and a quick opener by Shin rattled off three points to take a 24-21 lead and cross the Division 8 ridge to the final .After taking an early lead in the fourth set thanks to an exhilarating attack from Shin Shin-ho, who scored the first six points with a kill and back-to-back back-attacks, Samsung Chemical had match point at 23-21 on a cool back-attack from Park Sung-jin, but a service error from Korean Air’s Kwak Seung-seok sealed the win.