Hyundai E&C is stretching for the first time in five years, but it is at a tightrope.
On the 23rd, Hyundai E&C and Korea Expressway Corporation will face off in the first round of the women’s playoffs (PO) of the ‘2022-23 season Dodram V-League’ held at the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium.
Hyundai E&C finished the regular season in the second round this season. At the beginning of the season, it seemed to solidify the first round with good performances, such as driving 15 consecutive wins. However, Yasmin’s main goalkeeper, Yasmin’s back injury, and Kim Yeongyeon’s ankle injury collapsed in the middle of the season, resulting in a struggle. The relationship with Yvone Montaño, a mercenary recruited in a hurry after Yasmin’s departure, is still a question mark.
In the end, he was pushed by Heungkuk Life Insurance (82 accumulated points), which showed ‘Kim Yeon-kyung Magic’, and sat in second place (70 accumulated points).
Hyundai E&C is desperate but dangerous. In the second half of the season, the losing streak overlapped with a line injury. He entered spring volleyball with multiple victories accumulated in front of him, but the way to the championship game is unclear. In particular, in the 5th round, excluding the first game against GS Caltex, the team recorded an unprecedented 5 consecutive losses, and the 6th round also ended with 3 consecutive losses.
The knee condition of outside hitter Go Ye-rim, who is in charge of the team’s receiving along with current captain Hwang Min-kyung, is also bad. In the middle of the season, he continued to hold on to his knee and struggled with injuries, and this time, he delayed knee surgery after the postseason. Hwang Min-kyung, who delivered the news of Go Ye-rim, is also not in 100% condition. Since last February, due to a bad back, it was difficult to play full-time even after starting as a starter.
The two main outside hitters are focusing on Jung Ji-yoon’s performance in a difficult situation, but the key is still receiving.
Through the postseason media day held on the 20th, Hwang Min-kyung said, “If I can score 15 points, the game can’t be lost,” but said, “I hope (Jung)안전놀이터 Ji-yoon will do well, there will be a lot of target hits and I will be very nervous, so please help me as much as possible.” I will do it.”
Hyundai E&C is desperate because it missed spring volleyball twice.
However, the playoffs will not be easy. The most painful thing is that the key players are in poor condition. The match against the Korea Expressway Corporation was 3 wins and 3 losses, but the recent 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds all ended with the Korea Expressway Corporation’s victory. Exactly after Yasmin left due to injury.
Montaño scored 22 points in the road construction match, the last match, except for the KGC Ginseng Construction match and Heungkuk Life Insurance match, excluding key players, but the attack success rate was only 35.85%, Ji-yoon Jeong 22 points and Hyo-jin Yang 19 points.
On the other hand, the morale of the road construction, which has shaken off the pursuit of KGC Ginseng Corporation and eliminated the Jun PO, is at its peak. In March, the regular league ended with a winning streak. The most notable thing is that he beat Heungkuk Life Insurance and Hyundai Construction in succession. If you look at the 6th round against Hyundai E&C, you can see that they are significantly ahead in the blocking index, 14-9.
It would be perfect if Park Jung-ah, who scored 28 points (attack success rate 51.06%) at the time, explodes again this time while the offensive firepower is similar. Hyundai E&C’s defense line is shaking, and Expressway Corporation is afraid of the iron receive line of Sae-Yan Jeon, Jung-Won Moon, and Myeong-Ok Im, and the wailing wall of Yu-Na Bae-Dae-Young Jeong.
In an interview with Media Day, Bae Yuna expressed her confidence, saying, “I came this far because there are many veterans who know how to not lose easily.”
Hyundai E&C is highly likely to throw a winning card with a setter fight. Since the midfield is such a strong team, it is expected that there will be a scoring battle in the fast break and blocking. If both teams go up without strength, they will be at a very disadvantage in the championship match where Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance) holds out. I want to finish the game with 2 wins as much as possible.
The match between the two teams will be played at 7 p.m.