Korean Air’s new left engine ‘Hongdae Duo’, first win at the 2023 Asian Club Championship

One of the pride of Korean Air in men’s professional volleyball is the ‘Seok-seok duo’ Kwak Seung-seok (35) and Jung Ji-seok (28). Even in the national team, Korean Air’s performance is seldom shaken because there are two players who are in charge of the main outside heater. In addition, Korean Air finally launched the V-League in the 2017-2018 season as the ‘Senior Trio’, which debuted in the V-League in the 2007-2008 season and added Han (38), who has maintained Korean Air for 16 seasons, began operating in earnest. After 10 years, they won the V-League, and from the 2020-201 season to the 2022-2023 season, they achieved three consecutive championships and opened the dynasty.

Korean 토스카지노Air’s rookie outside hitters Lee Joon (left) and Jeong Han-yong celebrate after winning Australia’s Canberra Heat in Group A at the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship held at Isa Sports City Stadium in Manama, Bahrain on the 14th (local time). are filming Provided by the Korea Volleyball Federation
Since the ‘Seok-Seok Duo’ has such a strong position, it is not easy for rookie outside hitters joining Korean Air to occupy a starting position. Hongik University’s class of ’19-20 duo Lee Jun (24) and Jeong Han-yong (22) are a representative case. Lee Joon and Jeong Han-yong played an active role as a ‘one-two punch’ while studying at Hongik University, and were recognized for their skills to the point of sweeping the best player award by leading the college league championship in 2020 and 2021. In the 2021-2022 rookie draft, in which both players participated early, Jeong Han-yong entered the pros wearing Korean Air uniforms side by side with Jung Han-yong ranked 3rd in the 1st round and Joon Lee ranked 7th in the 1st round, but in the V-League, there will be more time to keep the warm-up zone than on the court. I had no choice but to.

At the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Championship, which opened on the 14th (local time), head coach Tommy Tillikainen cited the growth of promising players who will become future power as the goal of the tournament as the first hand, and as he declared, the first match of Group A, In the confrontation with the Canberra Heat (Australia) on the 14th, Lee Jun and Jeong Han-yong were appointed as the main outside hitters.

Tillikainen’s mercenary technique, which featured rookie outside hitters in his second year as a pro, was a hit. Watching Jeong Han-yong (194cm) and Lee Joon (187cm) play, it felt similar to Jung Ji-seok (194cm) and Kwak Seung-seok (190cm) playing. Both players had a stable receive as well as excellent offensive power regardless of the front and back positions.

The combination play of the two players at the beginning of the first set was the highlight of the match. With a 4-1 lead in the first set, setter Yoo Kwang-woo saved the opponent’s attack, and Jeong Han-yong pretended to hit it with an attack right away, then connected it with a jump toss to Lee Jun, who was on the left flank. Lee Joon naturally jumped up and landed the ball on the Canberra court, as if he knew that Jung Han-yong would toss him.

Thanks to the great performance of the two new outside heaters, Korean Air won the first set perfectly, 25-11, and seized the victory. The momentum of winning the first set continued into the second and third sets, ending the first game of the tournament with a set score of 3-0 (25-11 25-21 25-12).

Lee Joon and Jeong Han-yong played an active part in the offense and defense, protecting the court throughout the three sets. Lee Joon scored 12 points, including 1 block and 1 serve, the second most on the team after Lim Dong-hyuk (13 points). The attack success rate was 62.5%, and the efficiency was good. Jeong Han-yong’s attack success rate dropped slightly to 43% (6/14), but he scored 9 points, including 1 block and 2 subs. In receiving, Lee Joon also received 13 servings from the opponent and accurately placed 7 of them above the setter’s head. Jeong Han-yong also correctly connected 6 out of 11 receives. Both players did not feel the vacancy of the ‘Seok-Seok Duo’ with an efficiency exceeding 50% even in receiving, which is the original mission of the outside heater.

Lee Joon and Jeong Han-yong held a joint interview as distinguished players after the game. Lee Joon replied, “I was excited and worried at the same time when I heard that I was a starting member before the match. Jeong Han-yong also attributed the victory to Yoo Kwang-woo (38), who played as the main setter for both players, saying, “I was worried too, but (Yu) Kwang-woo put the ball well, so it turned out well.”

Regarding the toss-attack combination play at the beginning of the first set, the two players replied, “It’s something we practiced a lot.” Jeong Han-yong said, “Coach Tommy wants to do a lot of toss training not only for setters and liberos, but also for outside hitters. He smiled shyly, saying, “It’s the result of a lot of practice.” Lee Joon-do also said, “It is also possible to upload a reverse scene where (Jeong) Han Yong-yi hits. He is doing a lot of toss training,” he replied.

Since we have been working together for two years in college, we could feel the synergistic effect on the court that day. When Lee Joon, who is two years old and one in the class, said, “Anyway, playing with (Jung) Han-yong on the court is the most comfortable and less burdensome,” Jeong Han-yong also said, “Since we’ve been running together since college, it reminded me of our old college days. ” he replied.

Lee Joon and Jeong Han-yong take a day off and wait for a sortie against Bahrain’s Al Ahli. Lee Joon said, “I heard that Bahrain is a good team. I want to stick properly once,” he said, reaffirming his determination. Jeong Han-yong also said, “I heard that Yosbani is also in Bahrain. I want to play a winning game tomorrow as well,” he said.

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