“I don’t want to miss this opportunity.”
‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (34, Heungkuk Life Insurance), who heated up the competition for first place in the professional volleyball women’s division, showed a strong desire to win.
Kim Yeon-kyung showed off her firepower by scoring 22 points, the most for both teams, in an away game against Hyundai E&C in the 5th round of the Dodram V League Women’s Division in the 2022-2023 season held at the Suwon Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do on the 7th. Heungkuk Life Insurance defeated Hyundai E&C with a set score of 3 to 0 (25-21, 27-25, 25-15) thanks to Kim Yeon-kyung’s performance.
Heungkuk Life Insurance, which earned 3 points, rose to 60 points with 20 wins and 6 losses. It is still in second place behind Hyundai E&C with 21 wins, 5 losses and 60 points, but the points are equal, foreshadowing a fierce competition for the championship.
It is a valuable victory in an important game that will change the game of the leading competition. After the game, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I played the game knowing that if all the players lost today, winning the regular league would not be easy.” He expressed his feelings.
Heungkuk Life’s acting manager Kim Dae-kyung evaluated that Kim Yeon-kyung’s play improved with the addition of setter Lee Won-jung, who was recruited in December of last year. Lee Won-jung started playing as the starting pitcher in earnest from the 5th round.
Kim Yeon-kyung expressed satisfaction with Lee Won-jung and breathing, saying, “It’s getting better. It was good in the previous game and it was good today.” He continued, “With Lee Won-jung coming, my share went up.”
Acting Kim placed Kim Yeon-kyung and Yelena in the front and back positions, respectively, in the match today following the previous KGC Ginseng Construction match. It is a rotation that deploys an attack by placing it diagonally.
Kim Yeon-kyung said, “During the rotation, Yelena and the attack are being dispersed,” and expected, “I hope (through rotation) that the performance will improve in the future.” Yelena promised, “This is my second rotation. I’m not used to it, but I’m still training and I’ll try to be perfect.”
Kim Yeon-kyung returned to Heungkuk Life Insurance ahead of this season after playing in Shanghai, China last season. While Kim Yeon-kyung was away, Heungkuk Life Insurance slumped to 6th place last season. Regarding his prospects this season when he returned to the team, he said, “I don’t think winning will be easy because I have to go up a lot.”
However, Heungkuk Life Insurance is doing better than Kim Yeon-kyung expected. In response, Kim Yeon-kyung recalled, “It seems that the process of getting here was not easy.”
I am determined to drive the momentum and win the championship this season. Kim Yeon-kyung raised her voice, saying, “I don’t want to miss this opportunity because Hyundai Engineering and Construction tied the score in a situation where there were many difficulties such as a foreign player getting injured.”
The competition for the lead has been ignited, but there are definitely areas that need to be supplemented. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I wasn’t good at blocking and defense in the 4th round. So I prepared a lot for the All-Star break.” pointed out 메이저놀이터
He didn’t leave out the regretful part about his own performance. Kim Yeon-kyung showed an active appearance in the front line that day, but his rear-guard attack was only two times. In response, he said, “A lot of people say that we need to increase the number of back attacks. We are practicing a lot.”
Acting Kim expressed his gratitude to the veteran players after the game. Acting Kim explained, “In such an important game, the role of senior players is important. We actively discussed a lot with each other.”
Kim Yeon-kyung credited her eldest sister Kim Hae-ran and her captain Kim Mi-yeon. He said, “(Kim) Haeran is the most senior, so she talks a lot and holds the center.” He smiled and said, “Since we are together at an important moment like now, it seems like a good game is coming out.”
Then, he expressed his gratitude to Acting Kim and added warmth. Kim Yeon-kyung laughed, saying, “We are playing the game in a difficult situation, but the acting manager prepared well.”
Lastly, he instilled tension in the team by saying, “Let’s not be vigilant until the end.” Kim Yeon-kyung emphasized, “I think we will come to a critical moment every moment.”