Bench member? An extraordinary backup setter

The backup setter’s performance in changing the flow of the game is drawing interest in the V League.
In a home game against KB Insurance (KB Insurance) at Chungmu Gymnasium in Daejeon on the 19th, the men’s professional volleyball Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance won three to five sets after giving up the first and second sets.

The player who changed the atmosphere of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance was “backup” setter Lee Ho-gun. Samsung Fire manager Kim Sang-woo put in Lee Ho-gun at the end of the first set because they didn’t work well between “main player” Noh Jae-wook and side strikers. Lee Ho-gun, who was pushed out of the main competition ahead of this season, is a setter who played as a starting player in 36 games and 130 sets last season.

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance’s offense was better in two sets than in the first set. From the third set, the main gun Yosbani Hernandez (registered name Yosbani) and the domestic apogit spy (left) Kim Jung-ho’s scoring ability were revived. Lee Ho-gun sent the toss to several players, including middle blocker (center) Kim Joon-woo, and blocked as well as contributed to the defense.

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance finished the first round in first place with Noh Jae-wook’s ability to manage the game. However, he lost consecutive games in the first and second rounds of the second round, and his performance was not good at the beginning of KB Sonbojeon, which was the third game. In the end, head coach Kim Sang-woo made a strong decision to replace the setter during the game to change the atmosphere. Lee Ho-gun continued to play until the fifth set in KB Sonbojeon and led the team to a come-from-behind victory.

IBK Industrial Bank of Korea (Industrial Bank of Korea) also won 3-1 in an away game against Pepper Savings Bank in Gwangju on the 19th thanks to the performance of backup setter Kim Ha-kyung. Industrial Bank of Korea head coach Kim Ho-chul put Kim Ha-kyung in place of the main player Pon-Pun Gedfard (registered name Pon-Pun) in the third set, which was the match point, and the team was losing 7-12. I thought Ponfun’s toss was inaccurate.

IBK Industrial Bank of Korea setter Kim Ha-kyung. 슬롯머신

Kim Ha-kyung showed his determination by playing two digs (defending that receives an opponent’s spike) immediately after the deployment, and led various attacks by utilizing domestic players such as lefty Pyo Seung-joo, Yuk Seo-young, and center Choi Jung-min. He also showed better chemistry with main character Brittney Abercrombie (registered name Abercrombie) than Fonfun. After the game, head coach Kim Ho-chul also praised Kim Ha-kyung for changing the trend.

Setter is called the ‘commander on the court’. Side strikers and centers are bound to be familiar with the pitch height, speed, and game management tendency of the main setter. Relatively, it is common for backup setters to fill the spot when the main player steps off the court to rest.

This season, there are many backup setters that show their presence. A case in point is Park Eun-ji (Korea Expressway Corporation for Women), a newcomer in her second year of joining the team, who filled the gap between Yoo Kwang-woo (men’s Korean Air), who showed as much presence as the main player Han in the second half of the set.

Currently, the V League lacks experienced main setters for both men and women. Only Korean players in the men’s team (Korean Air) and Yeom Hye-sun in the women’s team (Jeong Kwan-gwan) are considered. There are many teams that are competing for the starting lineup.

Volleyball changes its flow when a serve ace or block comes out. This season, it is necessary to pay attention to the performance immediately after each team’s head coach puts in a backup setter.

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