Heungkuk Life won a complete victory with a set score of 3-0 (25-20 25-13 25-16) in an away match against Korea Expressway Corporation in the opening match of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League at Gimcheon Indoor Gymnasium on the 14th.
It was a revenge match. The two teams clashed in the championship game (best of five) last season. Heungkuk Life won the first and second games in Incheon, its home, but lost both the third and fourth games in Gimcheon. Korea Expressway Corporation won Game 5 in Incheon and won the championship trophy with three consecutive wins after two consecutive losses.
Heungkuk Life had a perfect revenge in the opening game of the new season. Yelena Mrazenovic (registered name Yelena) scored 20 points (53.13% attack success rate), Kim Yeon-kyung 16 points (53.33%) and Kim Mi-yeon combined one serve to score eight points (35.00% attack success rate). 슬롯머신
On the other hand, the coat of the Korea Expressway Corporation was cluttered. He threw out 23 unforced errors, far more than his opponent’s 13. Banya Vukirich (registered name Vukirich) scored 12 points (30.56% attack success rate) with one block, but committed 10 errors alone. Bae Yuna added eight points (50% attack success rate), including two blocks, and Tanacha Suksot (registered name Tanacha) added six points (22.22% attack success rate).
Apogit Spiker Moon Jung-won-Middle Blocker Choi Ga-eun-Outside Heater Bukirich-Setter Park Eun-ji-Middle Blocker Bae Yuna-Outside Heater Tanacha-Libero Lim Myeong-ok.
Key setter Lee Yoon-jung injured his knee ligament during training. He will be away for at least two to four weeks. Park Eun-ji is the only setter other than Lee Yoon-jung. He is a rookie who joined Jeong Kwan-jang as the fourth-ranked player in the first round last season. In August, the Korea Expressway Corporation gave up setter Ahn Ye-rim and outside heater Kim Se-in through a trade with Jeong Kwan-jang, and recruited setter Park Eun-ji and outside heater Ko Ui-jung.
Kim Jong-min, director of the Korea Expressway Corporation, said, “When Park Eun-ji first came, I had a hard time setting up a set. “I didn’t control the ball well,” he said. “I overcame it faster than expected. He is still a young player, so it can be burdensome to start the opening game. He said, “Don’t try to do well, just do it according to your skills.” “There is no setter to replace, so I have to overcome it alone. I’m looking forward to it because my skills have improved a lot,” he added.
Both Vukirich and Tanacha were placed on the outside heater. Coach Kim said, “Tanacha will play the role of Apogit Spiker. I made a formation so that I could attack twice at Apogit,” he explained.
Tanacha joined the team after finishing the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games as a member of the Thai women’s volleyball team. I had a short time to train with the players. Coach Kim said, “We worked out together twice, and we worked very hard and were active. The attacking technique seems to be good. We have to adapt quickly to the team,” he said. It plans to establish a three-person receiving system with Lim Myeong-ok, Moon Jung-won, and Tanacha this season.
Moon Jung-won, who went to the women’s volleyball team in the off-season, is not in perfect physical condition. However, coach Kim said, “Our team needs (Moon) Jung-won. I will use him as a starter to strengthen receiving and defense rather than attack,” he said.
Middle blocker Kim Se-bin, who was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s rookie draft, is currently participating in the national sports competition. It is expected to join the Gwangju Pepper Savings Bank Jeonseo Team on the 19th.