Korean Air, the winning team in the men’s professional volleyball team, achieved the beauty of the end in the final game of the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship.
Korean Air defeated Bayanghongor (Mongolia) 3-0 (25-21 25-23 25-18) in the 7th-8th place match held at ISA Sports City Stadium in Manama, Bahrain on the 21st.
With this, Korean Air finished this tournament with 4 wins and 3 losses. Korean Air, which advanced to the quarterfinals with 2 wins and 1 loss in the group stage, only recorded 1 win and 1 loss in the quarterfinals. In the 5th-8th place match that followed, they finished the tournament in 7th place with 1 win and 1 loss.
Korean Air, which held this tournament without the main players Han, Kim Kyu-min, and Lincoln Williams, failed to advance to the semifinals, but gave experience to young players.
Korean Air, which made a lot of changes that day, was dragged away by conceding one after another as if it had not adapted to the new formation in the first set. However, from the middle, the setter Jin-Hyeok Jeong began to use Kim Min-Jae for a fast attack and started chasing.
In the 20-20 tie, Jung Han-yong’s open attack and Jin Ji-wi’s quick attack succeeded, and the tide turned to Korean Air. At the set point, Jeong Jin-hyeok’s serve led to Bayanghongor’s room, and Korean Air won the first set.
Korean Air, which had been dragged down even in the beginning of the second set, succeeded in pursuing with Kim Min-jae’s two consecutive interceptions in the middle of the set. Kim Min-jae also made a quick attack and gained strength. At the end of the set, Kwak Seung-seok showed off his skills. Kwak Seung-seok raised the score with a sharp serve and a seasoned open attack.
Continuing the lead, Korean Air reached the set point with Jeong Han-yong’s open attack. Then Lee Joon finished the set with an open attack.
Jeong Han-yong, who played a leading role in the first and second sets, continued to play an active role in the third set. Jeong Han-yong showed off his best condition in this tournament by successively succeeding in open attacks. Jeong Jin-hyeok shook the opponent’s receive with a serve, recording a serve ace in the third set. Jin Ji-wi’s consecutive blocking came out, and Korean Air widened the score gap. Korean Air won 25-18.토토사이트
After the tournament, head coach Tommy Tilikhainen said, “I had mixed feelings during the tournament.
Although there are regrets, head coach Tillikainen cited Lim Dong-hyuk and Lee Joon as the biggest gains of this tournament. He praised, “Im Dong-hyeok showed off his offensive ability regardless of his opponent. His attitude and behavior on the court were also very good,” and “Lee Joon also showed his skills and potential.”