“I felt a sense of responsibility. I played as much as I wanted to.”
For Korean Air, a rookie setter to get a chance to play is a star in the sky. This is because the best setter in the V-League and duo Han Seon-su and Yoo Kwang-woo, born in 1985, are located.
This is the case with ‘second year’ rookie setter Jeong Jin-hyeok. He participated in the 2021-2022 rookie draft during his junior year at Hongik University and wore a Korean Air uniform in the 3rd place in the 3rd round, but had few opportunities to participate. In the first season of his debut, he played in 3 matches and 4 sets, and in his second year, last season, he only played in 1 match and 2 sets.
The opportunity has come. Jeong Jin-hyeok took the opportunity to start at the 2023 Asian Men’s Volleyball Club Championship. In this tournament, the main setter Han was not registered on the roster, and Yoo Kwang-woo stepped on the court as a starter in the 3 group stage matches, but Jeong Jin-hyeok secured playing time as a substitute setter
. In the last match of the quarterfinals against Mongolia), Jeong Jin-hyeok stood on the court full-time as a starter. It was the second time after protecting the court in his first pro start at the 2022 KOVO Cup.
In addition to Jeong Jin-hyeok, head coach Tommy Tillikainen put Hyun-jong Son in place of Dong-hyeok Lim, the apositive spike who played an active role in this tournament, and Jung Han-yong and Joon Lee, the team’s ace, as outside heaters, as outside heaters. It was a consideration to give the main players a break because even if they lost the game that day, if they won the 5th and 6th place advances and the 5th and 6th place match, they could win the top 5th place.
Jeong Jin-hyeok led the court. He showed a variety of game management using left and right and center and led the team to a set score of 3-1 (25-21 22-25 25-16 25-19) victory 체스카지노.
Jeong Jin-hyeok, who met with reporters after the game, said, “It was a good experience to feel the responsibility of leading the game. He said, “I’m satisfied with the game,” and then said, “It was good to be able to play what I wanted to do in practice, so it was good to be able to do it in practice.”
In the meantime, he was used to the warm-up zone. Nevertheless, he realized a lot by watching the play of Han player and Kwang-woo Yoo on the court, and he replied, “I study how to run a game as a setter leading a team.” He added, “The two seniors usually give me a lot of advice about the opponent’s blocking position, things that are switched, and game management.”
Jeong Jin-hyeok and Lee Joon and Jeong Han-yong, who he played full-time on this day, have been working together since their days at Hongik University. He laughed, saying, “Even after joining the pros, we work together a lot during practice, but it was almost the first time we played full-time together in a real game, so it reminded me of my college days.