As soon as foreign player Yasmin (27, 192cm) was replaced, starting libero Kim Yeon-gyeon (30, 163cm) also left due to injury. A dark cloud hung over Mercury, the leader of Hyundai E&C.
Yasmin joined Hyundai E&C through the draft of foreign players in the 2021-2022 season. In the first season of the V-League, he played an active role as the 4th in scoring (674 points), 2nd in attack success rate (42.81%), 1st in serve (0.44 per set)스포츠토토, and 1st in back attack (49.41%), helping the team to achieve 1st place in the regular league. contributed
This season, which marked the second year of the V-League, showed further development. At the beginning of the season, he led Hyundai Engineering & Construction’s opening 15-game winning streak, playing the role of the team’s main gun.
However, Yasmin was unable to play due to a back injury from the 3rd round, and Hyundai E&C had to stand firm with his gums. Domestic players such as veteran Hwang Yeon-ju showed their fighting spirit and kept the lead, but their limits were gradually revealed.
Yasmin was expected to return in round 5, but did not. As Yasmin’s absence lengthened, Hyundai E&C, which fell into a slope, eventually replaced a foreign player. On the 6th, through a press release, it was announced the recruitment of Montaño (29, 188cm) from Colombia.
Hyundai Engineering & Construction immediately confronted Heungkuk Life Insurance the next day (7th). It was a confrontation between 1st and 2nd place to determine the championship this season. At the time, the difference between Hyundai E&C (60 points) and Heungkuk Life Insurance (57 points) in second place was only 3 points.
Hyundai E&C had to compete with only domestic players this time. Montaño, a new foreign player, was unable to participate in the game because he could not complete the international transfer agreement (ITC) issuance and player registration process.
In order to escape Heungkuk Life Insurance’s pursuit, a victory was necessary. However, the set score was 0 to 3 due to the power of Kim Yeon-kyung and Yelena Ssang-po, and suffered a shock defeat. On top of this, the bad news of Kim Yeon-gyeon, the core of the defense, being injured during the game overlapped.
On the 8th, an official from Hyundai E&C announced the results of Kim Yeon-gyeon’s examination. Kim Yeon-gyeon was diagnosed with a partial rupture of ligaments in his right ankle and required an ankle immobilization for two weeks. Afterwards, it will be decided whether to return or not depending on the results of the additional examination.
Kim Yeon-gyeon is leading the race for Hyundai E&C this season as a top-notch libero in the league. He plays a key role in the team’s defense, ranking first in the dig (5.778) and fourth overall in defense (7.626 per set).
Hyundai E&C allowed Heungkuk Life Insurance to tie the score with the defeat that day. Prior to the multiplier, it still holds first place, but the bad news that both the core of the offense and defense have broken away hit the lead, and a red flag was turned on.
A new foreign player, Montaño, joined the team in a shaky situation and felt a heavy burden on his shoulders. Kim Yeon-gyeon’s void must be filled by backup liberos such as Han Mi-reu and Kim Joo-ha, but Montaño must exert his strength in attack so that he can take the lead again in the competition for the lead. Montaño plays an important role in the V-League, where the proportion of foreign players is high.
Montaño has performed impressively in the past, winning the top scorer for two consecutive years in the Swiss league. Recently, he has been active as the main gun in Murat Pasa Belediyeje of the Turkish second division, and has contributed greatly to the team’s ranking competition to advance to the playoffs.
The fact that it has not been verified in the V-League is a worrying factor. However, Hyundai Engineering & Construction coach Kang Seong-hyeong expressed expectations, saying, “He is a player with good technique. I wonder how he will break through the defense.”
Hyundai E&C has 10 regular league games left this season. In a situation where Heungkuk Life Insurance has been chasing down the chin, if you slow down once, you can lose the lead. It is a situation where Montaño has to start a real game as soon as possible and add strength to Hyundai E&C’s leading position.