“I will not play a game that I will regret.”
KB Insurance had a match against Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in the 4th round of the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League men’s division held at Uijeongbu Indoor Gymnasium on the 21st.
Before the game, KB Insurance was in 6th place with 6 wins and 15 losses (18 points), and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance was in 7th place with 5 wins and 17 losses (17 points). In addition, both teams are on a losing streak. It was an important match because the ranking could change depending on the win or loss.
The first set was intense. Until the middle of the set, I couldn’t hit anyone, but KB Insurance’s blocking came back to life. At the center was Kim Hong-jung. In 16-15, Kim Hong-jeong blocked Ahmed Iqbairi (registered name Ikbairi)’s back attack and widened the score gap.
He wasn’t content to open by two points. In 18-16, he caught the Ikbairi open attack again and ran away to 19-16. In the first set alone, Kim Hong-jung, who blocked only 3 Ikbairi attacks, won the set.
Although Kim Hong-jung had only 3 blocks in the match, other players helped him to accumulate blocking points. In the 2nd set, Villena recorded 3 blocks, 2 of which were blocked assists by Kim Hong-jung. In the 3rd set, Hwang Kyung-min’s blocking score, and in the 4th set, he once again helped Villena’s blocking and made 5 assists. 스포츠토토
In particular, it was effective that most of the blocking and blocking assists were Ikbairi attacks.
Kim Hong-jeong said, “I felt it during the previous game, but I knew that there was a high probability that blocking would not work well if I jumped together because Ikbairi jumped high. Before the video, he did a lot of research on the course and how to take the blocking timing. He went into the serve well at first, but thanks to the good blocking position from the side, I was able to catch it.”
In addition to blocking, he scored 5 quick attacks (71.43% success rate) and added great strength in the center, leading the team to victory. KB Insurance broke out of the losing streak by winning with a set score of 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23).
But even in the victory, there were regrets. Kim Hong-jeong said, “When the score difference in the 3rd set widened, the tension was relieved and I ended up giving up the set. The atmosphere continued until the middle of the 4th set, and he was able to overcome it well and win. It was a pleasant victory.”
Kim Hong-jeong took over as captain of KB Insurance from the 2021-2022 season. He spent an unforgettable year by stepping onto the stage of his first championship match. However, the journey of the 2022-2023 season, which is his second captaincy season, was difficult.
Unlike the previous performance, which was in the upper ranks, it is still in the lower ranks, and at the beginning of the season, it was difficult to record 8 consecutive losses. I felt a lot of pressure as well as a sense of responsibility.
He also had an injury fighting spirit. A situation where his physical condition is not perfect as water fills his knee. Still, the captain put his team first and his teammates first.
Kim Hong-jeong said, “It is true that a heavy atmosphere comes out when you exercise when you do not get grades. I shouted a lot first to bring out the atmosphere and joked a lot to get along with the players with a brighter face. What I can do for my juniors, I have to show them first. I was so grateful that my juniors followed me well,” he confessed.
“The fans are disappointed if we keep losing games, but it was difficult because the players couldn’t show everything and ended. After losing a game, I have a lot of regrets. Even during the championship match last season, I promised myself that I would not play a game that would leave me with regrets. Even now. I won’t regret it anymore.” Kim Hong-jung clenched his fists again, strengthening his will.