Hyundai E&C, which was evaluated as the best in women’s volleyball, was not allowed to top the V-League.
At the Opening Media Day, which was held ahead of the opening of the regular season of the ‘Dodram 2022-2023 V-League’ in October of last year, Hyundai Engineering & Construction was selected as the most likely candidate for the championship in the women’s division. Compared to other teams, the squad maintained continuity and formed a high level of power, and received no votes from 5 other teams. Even after the opening, Hyundai E&C ran 15 consecutive wins in the early stages. With middle blocker (center) Yang Hyo-jin at the center, they seemed to be securing first place in the regular league and going directly to the championship match early on by building the power of the ‘absolute first’.
However, Hyundai E&C’s season finish was poor. After giving Heungkuk Life Insurance 1st place in the regular league, he went to the playoffs (PO, 2nd best of 3 matches) in 2nd place, but suffered a shutout loss to Korea Expressway Corporation in the second game at Gimcheon Gymnasium on the 25th. Lost 2 matches in a row.
Hyundai E&C’s bad luck has continued for several recent seasons. The 2019-2020 season and the 2021-2022 season, which ran first in the regular league, ended early in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). Even with the strongest power, they could not even step on the stage of the championship match where they could challenge the top of the V-League. 메이저놀이터
It was injuries that caught Hyundai E&C’s ankle this season. At the end of the 3rd round, Apposite Spiker (Wright) Yasmin’s breakout due to herniated disc surgery was fatal. Assuming Yasmin’s return in the 5th round, she overcame the crisis through various educational measures, but there were variables. Yasmin, who was expected to return after the All-Star break in late January, had a recurrence of inflammation at the site of the procedure.
The result of not being able to come up with a suitable alternative while being immersed in holding on was grim. Veteran Hwang Yeon-joo, who filled the vacancy well, suffered a loss of stamina, and libero Kim Yeon-gyeon suffered an ankle injury. Yasmin’s replacement, Montaño, had a hard time adapting to the V-League. After giving 1st place in the regular league to Heungkuk Life Insurance with only 4 wins in 12 games in the 5th and 6th rounds, PO met the road construction and collapsed helplessly.
After the PO, Hyundai Engineering & Construction manager Kang Seong-hyeong said, “As you play the league, there are bound to be variables. I felt that I had to follow luck,” he said. “In women’s volleyball, defense and connection are very important, but at the beginning of the season, we clearly showed our colors based on our organizational skills. At the end of the season, the key players were left out, so the basics were shaken.”