Jeong, the oldest player in the V-League, made a comeback as a team that had been active for 7 seasons in 9 years.
On the 18th, GS Caltex KIXX club signed an FA contract with Jung Dae-young, the oldest player in the V-League, who obtained FA qualification through the official website on the 18th, for a total of 300 million won (250 million won in annual salary, 50 million won in options) for a one-year contract period. announced. After leading GS Caltex to win the championship in the 2013-2014 season, Jeong Dae-young, who transferred to Korea Expressway Corporation Hi-Pass, chose to return to his ‘parent’ GS Caltex after completing 9 seasons of construction work.
Meanwhile, IBK Industrial Bank Altos recruited ‘housekeeper’ Hwang Min-gyeong under the condition of a total of 900 million won over two years. Hwang Min-kyung will be responsible for the left side of IBK along with Pyo Seung-ju next season. KGC Ginseng Corporation succeeded in cracking down on rabbits by retaining setter Yeom Hye-seon for a total of 350 million won and one middle blocker for a total of 210 million won. On the other hand, champion Expressway Corporation and Hyundai E&C Hillstate, which placed second in the regular league, inevitably weakened their power next season due to the transfer of key players.
Middle blocker, GS Caltex’s weak spot
GS Caltex won the second championship after launching as a pro in the 2013-2014 season, when Jeong Dae-young, Bae Yu-na (Highway Corporation), Han Song-i, and Lee So-young (Ginseng Corporation) were active. However, after the 2013-2014 season, foreign player Betania de la Cruz (registered name: Betty) and middle blocker Dae-Young Jeong left the team in turn, GS Caltex lost its focal point for the team. In fact, GS Caltex spent four consecutive seasons from the 2014-2015 season to the 2017-2018 season, unable to step on the spring volleyball stage, and had a dark period.
However, in December 2016, when coach Sang-Hyun Cha took office, GS Caltex began to find stability through a slow but clear rebuilding process. GS Caltex, who stayed in 5th place out of 6 clubs in the first season of manager Cha Sang-hyun’s appointment, raised the ranking by one step each season and succeeded in advancing to spring volleyball after 5 years in the 2018-2019 season. And in the 2020-2021 season, which built a strong triangle formation leading to Lee So-young, Kang So-hui, and Meretta Lutz, he won his first integrated championship after starting as a pro.
GS Caltex, where Lee So-young and Lutz left the team in turn after achieving the combined championship, performed well by climbing to third place in the 2021-2022 season, but stayed in fifth place with a record of 16 wins and 20 losses in the 2022-2023 season. Foreign player Leticia Moma Bassoko showed a sufficiently good performance, ranking second in scoring (879 points) and attack success rate (43.68%). With native ace Kang So-hui alive and well, Kwon Min-ji, a 4th year pro, scored 215 points with a success rate of 36.26%, showing the possibility of success as an outside hitter.
But the problem was also in the middle. Of course, the team’s captain and eldest sister, Han Su-ji, became the first blocking queen (0.83 per set) after her professional debut, and also had a great season, ranking second in mobile attacks (48.48%). However, the rest of the middle blocker, who was supposed to be paired with Han Su-ji, was not active, and GS Caltex was held back throughout the season. Civilization, 189 cm, is good, but slow speed was a problem, and Oh Se-yeon, a rookie in her third year, lacked experience in the professional world.
While veteran Kim Yu-ri, who has a chronic bad knee, failed to play in a single game in the 2022-2023 season, coach Sang-Hyun Cha also set apogee spiker Moon Ji-yoon in the center as a desperate measure in the middle of the season. However, this could not be a fundamental alternative, and the strategy of putting Moon Ji-yoon as a middle blocker quickly revealed its limitations. This is why GS Caltex, which regards the generational change as particularly important, recruited 41-year-old Jeong Dae-young, the oldest player in the league, in the FA market.
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Jung Dae-young, who joined Hyundai E&C in 1999 when he was playing unemployment volleyball, played an active role as a representative star of Hyundai E&C after retiring Jang So-yeon (SBS Sports commentator) and won the MVP in the first year of the pro. After the 2006-2007 season, the FA system was introduced in the V-League, and Jung Dae-young, who obtained the first FA qualification, moved to GS Caltex along with teammate Lee Sook-ja Setter (Ginseng Corporation coach). And Jung Dae-young properly showed what a ‘model free agent’ was during the 7 seasons he was active at GS Caltex.
GS Caltex, which ranked 4th out of 5 clubs in the 2006-2007 season, won the championship by defeating Heungkuk Life Insurance Pink Spiders in the 2007-2008 season when Jung Dae-young joined Kim Yeon-kyung and Hwang Yeon-joo (Hyundai E&C). Jeong Dae-young, who had a child after the 2008-2009 season, was the first female volleyball player to receive a ‘maternity leave’ from the club and took a sabbatical (until 2023, Jung Dae-young is the only player who has officially received ‘maternity leave’ from the club. ).
Jeong Dae-young, who returned to the court in 2010 after giving birth to her daughter Bomin in good health, led GS Caltex to her second championship in the 2013-2014 season before transferring to Expressway Corporation. And Jung Dae-young led her team to four championships and two championships in her nine seasons since her transfer to Expressway Corporation. Although her offensive power declined slightly in the 2022-2023 season, she only scored 261 points in the regular league, but she showed off her rust-free skills at the height, ranking third in blocking with 0.77 per set.
If he maintains his road construction skills in the 2023-2024 season, when he will be active at GS Caltex, Dae-young Jeong is very likely to become the ‘customized puzzle piece’ GS Caltex is looking for. GS Caltex’s middle blocker line, which will have Han Su-ji, who is the number 1 in blocking, and Dae-young Jeong, who is the 3rd, is enough to make other clubs tremble in fear. In addition, Jung Dae-young’s rich experience will be of great help to the growth of young middle blockers active at GS Caltex, such as Oh Se-yeon and Kim Bo-bin.
On the other hand,토토사이트 in the 2022-2023 season championship winning team road construction, power weakening became inevitable as the eldest sister Jeong Dae-young left the team following local ace Park Jung-ah (Pepper Savings Bank AI Peppers). In particular, the road construction has a clear difference in experience from the main players, as backup middle blocker Lee Ye-dam only digested 13 sets in 11 games in the 2022-2023 season. Attention is focusing on how the road construction team and coach Kim Jong-min will organize the squad without key players and prepare for the next season.