Media Day, held every year ahead of the opening of professional volleyball, is a festival filled with expectations for the new season.
Although this fall marks the 20th season, the event was held in a calmer atmosphere than previous years due to a series of poor performances in international competitions.
In particular, the question ‘Why should I watch the V-League and what can I show?’ made the player bow his head.
When a question like this was asked at the V-League men’s media day held at the Cheongdam Rivera Hotel in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on the 11th, Han (Korean Air), who led the men’s volleyball team at the Hangzhou Asian Games, said, “There are several players here who have competed in international competitions. Their performance is as good as expected. “Not only the players but also the fans were disappointed that this did not come out,” he said. “In the V-League, players need to show their improved skills and do their best to gain trust. I think all players will do their best.”
Heo Soo-bong (Hyundai Capital), who was expected to be the national team’s main gun but failed to achieve results, also said, “I’m sorry for not performing well in recent international competitions. I felt and experienced a lot. Still, I will show you interesting games often in the coming season.” “He promised.
Korean men’s and women’s volleyball experienced the pain of being eliminated in the semifinals for the first time in history at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
The men’s team had to pack their bags early after suffering consecutive losses to India and Pakistan even before the Asian Games began.
On the 8th, the Korea Volleyball Association terminated the contracts with men’s coach Lim Do-heon and women’s coach Cesar González and began working on a new plan.
While Asian countries with similar physical requirements, such as Japan and Thailand, are doing well, Korean volleyball is lagging behind.
Perhaps because he was aware of this, Seo Jae-deok (KEPCO) said about KEPCO’s selection of libero Ryohei Iga for the ‘Asia Quarter’ introduced this season, “We have to reflect and make up for it. Since a Japanese player has joined our team, we can play Japanese volleyball.” “I will try to learn,” he said.
The players asked in one voice, “Still, please love Korean volleyball.”
Seungbin Hwang (KB Insurance) said, “I hope you will watch with hope through the return of the V-League. It is important to show good performance so that the players can look forward to the next competition.”
Korean Air, last season’s overall winning team, will challenge for its first ‘4 consecutive wins’ in men’s volleyball history this season.
Korean Air coach Tommy Tilikainen promised, “This is a really good토토사이트 opportunity to write a new history. We have prepared a lot to win our fourth consecutive championship. We will show a good performance.”
Korean Air setter Han also added, “I want to do something that no other team has ever done before. We ran to win 4 consecutive championships, and I will definitely give it a try.”
The remaining six clubs must put up a united front to stop Korean Air.
As the Asian quota system has been introduced this season, which allows each club to select one Asian player, they are determined to block Korean Air’s challenge for the championship by equalizing power.
Choi Tae-woong, manager of Hyundai Capital, who selected OK Financial Group as the team that will prevent Korean Air from winning the championship, said, “We will win the regular season, so we will advance directly to the championship game. I wrote that because OK Financial Group will meet Korean Air in the playoffs.” He showed confidence.
After finishing in 6th place last season, KB Insurance coach In-jeong said that his goal is to achieve better results this year than Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in 7th place.
Coach Hu provoked by saying, “Our goal is to put Samsung below us again this year,” and then explained, “I think Samsung will perform well this season. If we perform better than Samsung, we will receive a correspondingly better report card.” .
This season, along with the introduction of the Asia Quota, the V-League changed the ball used to ‘Mikasa’, an internationally recognized ball.
One player predicted, “The ball moves differently than expected. It’s been about 6 months since I started using it, and I need to get used to it more. After one season, all players will adapt.”
The V-League men’s division begins its long journey with the match between last season’s champion Korean Air and second-place Hyundai Capital to be held at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon on the 14th.