Reporter Kim Kyung-yoon = Professional volleyball women’s ‘River 1’ Hyundai E&C played a tough game with KGC Ginseng Corporation this season.
In the away game on November 11 last year, after a full set match, they won 3-2 in a sweat, and in the home game on November 30th, they barely won 3-2 after a bloody struggle that went to the 5th set.
In the away game on December 25 last year, the third meeting this season, they lost 2-3, putting a brake on their 15-game winning streak after the opening.
There is a reason why Hyundai E&C, which has an objective advantage in power, is weak against the lower-ranking team, KGC Ginseng Corporation.
Hyundai E&C uses key middle blockers such as Yang Hyo-jin, Da-hyun Lee, and Hyun-soo Na to overwhelm the opposing team.
However, ‘high volleyball’ does not work well in the KGC Ginseng Corporation match, where 190 cm tall middle blocker Jung Ho-young, veteran Han Song-i, and Park Eun-jin hold out.
It is an environment in which the strengths cannot be effectively utilized in terms of power composition.
In addition, Hyundai Engineering & Construction’s main player, foreign player Yasmin Bedart (registered name Yasmin), recently withdrew due to a back injury.
On the 14th, Hyundai E&C had to play a home game against KGC Ginseng Corporation at the Suwon Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do under unfavorable conditions.
Kang Seong-hyung, head coach of Hyundai E&C, judged that wing strikers needed to play an active role in the match.
In particular, veteran apologetic spiker Hwang Yeon-joo (37), who was playing as the starting pitcher in place of Yasmin, desperately needed to fight.
As expected, Hyundai E&C struggled against the height of the opposing team, KGC Ginseng Corporation, in the first set. The main middle blocker, Yang Hyo-jin, had a success rate of 22.22% in the first set.
In the first set, Hyundai E&C gave KGC Ginseng Corporation 4 points only by blocking.
Director Kang Seong-hyung changed his strategy in the second set. He introduced Jung Ji-yoon, who has good offensive power, to build both sides with Hwang Yeon-joo, and focused on attacking the flanks rather than the center.
Hwang Yeon-joo, who was in charge of the role, lived up to Director Kang’s expectations. He brought the flow of the game with highly sensitive ‘technical volleyball’ that breaks down the opponent’s defensive line from the side.
He deftly pierced the opposing team’s middle blocker wall with subtle movements of the angle of his hand.
Manager Kang Seong-hyeong said, “Hwang Yeon-joo’s sense is at the highest level.”
Commentator Park Mi-hee, who relayed the game that day, also commented on Hwang Yeon-joo’s performance as “a play that comes from experience.”
Hwang Yeon-joo’s spike in the second set 24-23 was amazing. After a long rally, he finished the set with a sensuous parry attack that hit the opposing team’s Ho-Young Jeong’s fingertips.
Hwang Yeon-joo flew wildly in the 3rd and 4th sets. Born in 1986, he led the team’s offense with vigorous movements that could not be considered the oldest in the team. 안전놀이터
Hwang Yeon-joo scored 20 points, the most in the team, and became the protagonist of the set score 3-1 victory.
Hwang Yeon-joo, whom we met after the game, said, “At first, I participated in the game with the thought of ‘Let’s try to block Yasmin’s gap as much as possible'” and “As the game went better than I thought, the expectations around me grew. These days, I feel a lot of pressure.” revealed
When asked about the secret to maintaining her physical strength, she laughed, saying, “It seems that making an accurate training plan has worked.”
Hwang Yeon-joo, who made her professional debut in 2004, has recently completed various great records by taking many opportunities to compete.
She surpassed 450 sub-aces and 1,200 points in the rear for the first time in the professional volleyball women’s division this season. On this day, she completed 4,500 digs for the ninth time in her career.
Hwang Yeon-joo said, “I hope Yasmin will return sooner rather than setting her personal record.”