Korean Air is participating in the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship as Korea’s representative. Head coach Tommy Tilikhainen, who is competing in the tournament without three starting players including captain Han, Kim Kyu-min, and Lincoln Williams, is allocating playing time by emphasizing the experience of the players rather than winning as the goal of the tournament.
However, middle blocker Jin Ji-wi starts all games and plays full-time. Jin Ji-wi, who played as the main middle blocker in all three group stage matches and against Suntory Sunbirds (Japan) on the 18th (hereafter local time), the first match of the quarterfinals, also played against Bayanghongor (Mongolia) in the last match of the quarterfinals on the 19th. He went on to start without any change. Middle blocker partner Kim Min-jae was replaced with Cho Jae-young from the 3rd set and was able to take a break, but Jin Ji-wi kept the court until the 4th set.
Jin Ji-wi, who was concentrating on blocking the opponent’s attack in the middle of the court, jumped alone and blocked Bayar Shaihan’s fast attack, which is scheduled to play for OK Financial Group in the upcoming 2023-2024 season, through the Asian quarter in the middle of the first set. On this day, Jin Ji-wi played a big role with 13 points (attack success rate 57%), including taking responsibility for 5 out of 11 team blocking by himself, and Korean Air’s set score was 3-1 (25-21 22-25 25-16 25- 19) contributed to the victory 체스카지노.
When asked if there was any physical burden to Jin Ji-wi, who met with reporters after the game, he said, “I would be lying if I said that there was no physical burden at all, but it is not as difficult as I thought. He can play five more games,” he said with confidence. When asked Jin Ji-wi, who was born in 1993 and is already in his 30s, if that is possible, he said, “Although I am in my 30s, it is a matter of mind to play and play games. He can play well enough,” he replied.
The 0-3 defeat to Suntory the previous day must have come as a great shock to the Korean Air team. Jin Ji-wi said, “In the match against Suntory, I and the entire team seem to have been very greedy. I think the game went well because I put down my greed today.”
When asked to compare this tournament with when playing the V-League, Jin Ji-wi said, “In the V-League, one foreign player plays, but here, up to two mercenary players can play, so there are many things to see when playing, so it is very different. It is a new experience,” he explained.
Aspiring from Hong Kong, Jinjiwi’s home country, also participates in this event. When I asked Jin Ji-wi how he felt about meeting players from his home country after a long time, he said, “I have never been to Hong Kong since I joined Korean Air in the 2019-2020 season.” . He must be like an old man, but he talked a lot about the old days and had a lot of fun,” he said and laughed.