Park Eun-jin (KGC Ginseng Corporation), born in 1999, Lee Joo-ah (Heungkuk Life Insurance), born in 2000, Jeong Ho-young (KGC Ginseng Corporation) and Lee Da-hyun (Hyundai E&C), born in 2001, will simultaneously compete in the international competition. The goodwill competition between those who were called the next-generation middle blockers in Korean women’s volleyball has begun.
In 2023,메이저사이트 the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL) begins. After completing domestic training for about a month, the Korean women’s volleyball team left for Turkey Antalya on the 22nd, where the first week of the VNL was held. Coach Cesar, who was away due to his team’s schedule, joined the national team in Turkey.
There are no veteran middle blockers Kim Su-ji and Yang Hyo-jin. He left the national team after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Park Eun-jin, Lee Joo-ah, Jung Ho-young, and Lee Da-hyun are expected to compete for the two main middle blockers.
In last year’s international competition, there were many opportunities for Lee Da-hyun and Lee Joo-ah to participate. After his professional debut, Jeong Ho-young changed his position from outside hitter to middle blocker and even wore the Taegeuk mark. However, Jung Ho-young suffered an ankle injury at the end of last year’s VNL and could no longer play with the national team.
Park Eun-jin also left a regret due to an ankle injury during the 2021-22 season. He was not included in the final entry for the VNL competition last year, and was selected for the national team ahead of the world championship in September, but he swallowed tears as he injured his ankle during a practice game.
Again, four middle blockers put the Taegeuk mark side by side. Aim for ‘win-win’ through friendly competition.
Lee Da-hyun also said, “If there is something that needs to be fixed in my team, (Yang) Hyo-jin will tell me. There is such an advantage. In the national team, it seems to be a win-win as we ask each other questions and get advice. We tell each other what we lack.”
In the previous V-League, Jeong Ho-young, Joo-ah Lee, and Lee Da-hyun were listed in the top 10 in the blocking category, and Joo-ah Lee, Da-hyun Lee, and Eun-jin Park were also included in the top 10 in moving attacks. Lee Da-hyun also ranked 9th in the league in serve. Even though they are in the same position, they are four players with distinct strengths.
In the meantime, Korean women’s volleyball has had a high percentage of attacks by outside heaters. That changed after the Tokyo Olympics. Like Japanese women’s volleyball, three outside hitters were used at the same time, and intentionally, the middle blocker moved frequently to attack, trying to evade the opponent’s blocking. This year, they are focusing on rearguard attacks as well.
As such, the role of the middle blocker has become more important than before. Park Eun-jin, Lee Joo-ah, Jung Ho-young, and Lee Da-hyun are expected to succeed the lineage of Korean women’s volleyball middle blockers following Jang So-yeon (retired) – Jeong Dae-young (GS Caltex) – Kim Su-ji (Heungkuk Life Insurance) – Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai Construction). Expectations for the four ‘young blood’ are also high.
Meanwhile, ahead of VNL, Lee Da-hyun said, “Last year, I lost a lot, and my ranking points were cut. The players also lost confidence, but this year I feel that I have improved from the preparation process,” he said. “I cannot follow foreign players in height or power. Like other Asian countries, we have to compete with speed. It’s the only way to survive. In the same highball situation, if 2 or 3 blockers of the opposing team follow, it cannot be penetrated. Also, even if you lose in 5 sets, the goal is to reduce losses because ranking points are at stake for each set. And it is important to lay the foundation in the VNL so that I can do well in the Olympic qualifiers this year.”
Currently ranked 23rd in FIVB, Korea moved to Brazil immediately after completing the VNL 1st week Turkey (7th)-Canada (14th)-USA (4th)-Thailand (15th), and 2nd week Brazil (3rd)- Japan (6th) – Croatia (27th) – Germany (13th) will be held. Week 3 will be held in Suwon, South Korea. Bulgaria (16th) – Dominican Republic (9th) – China (5th) – Poland (10th) will clash in turn. Among the VNL opponents, Croatia is the only team ranked lower than Korea. It is a determination to wash away the humiliation of last year’s 12 matches by accumulating as many wins as possible.