Hyundai E&C’s ‘Hyundai Mizu’ was the overall winner, which was even more valuable “Let’s grow old and exercise together!”

Lifting the championship trophy together made it shine even brighter.

Hyundai E&C won the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League for the first time in 13 years. It was their first title in eight seasons since the 2015-16 season and their first overall title in 13 seasons since the 2010-2011 season.

It was the first championship for Kim Dae-in, Jung Ji-yoon, and Lee Da-hyun, who have become the mainstay of the team. Kim Dain played in 136 sets in 35 matches this season, ranking first in sets, while Lee boasted sixth in blocks (0.571 per set) and first in 메이저 토토사이트 fastballs (54.37 percent success rate) in 36 matches and 140 sets.

After rehabilitating from a right ankle ligament injury early in the season while playing the off-season varsity schedule, Jung Ji-yoon stepped into the starting lineup in the second round and finished with 254 points in 31 matches and 115 sets, with a 34.09% attack success rate and 30.65% receiving efficiency.

Before the afterglow of their victory wore off, The Spike caught up with Hyundai E&C’s practice gym in Yongin, and the player was the first to share his thoughts on the win. “It’s hard to win the overall title, but I’m proud and happy that I was able to do it during my career. I’m even more honored,” she said.

Kim Dain said, “There are many athletes who retire without winning a single title, but I did it after seven years. It feels good, but it also feels empty. I feel like I have to do more because it’s all over,” said Kim, while Jeong Ji-yoon said, “We jokingly said to each other, ‘If we don’t make it until we retire, don’t worry too much about it. “We had a relaxed mindset, and I’m so proud that we won the overall championship,” he said.

There were many twists and turns along the way to the top. In 2021-22, we finished first in the regular season due to the early end of the season due to COVID-19, and in 2022-23, we finished second in the regular season but lost to Korea Expressway Corporation in the playoffs, ending our spring volleyball early.

But in hindsight, it was all worthwhile. “When we lost to Korea Expressway Corporation last year, I thought, ‘This is just a blowout,’ but that experience really helped us prepare for this championship,” Lee said.

“I was thinking about the playoffs that ended so futilely throughout the offseason. I had a lot of regrets, so I didn’t want to make the same result again. I think everyone came to the big game with a good result,” he said.

At the pre-season media day, no one picked Hyundai E&C to win the title, and with three wins and three losses in the first round, the team got off to a shaky start compared to previous seasons. Kim Dain struggled more as a setter. “Coming from the national team, we had too little time to breathe in the first round. With the introduction of the Asian quarter this season, it was hard to communicate with two people on the court, so I worked really hard on my own to learn English,” she said.

This season was not without its challenges. Heungkuk Life and Hyundai E&C battled for first place until the last match of the regular season, and Hyundai E&C won the final match against Pepper Savings Bank 3-1 in straight sets to take first place in the regular season with one point. Against Heungkuk Life in the championship match, Hyundai E&C won the first three games in five sets for the first time in its history to lift the championship trophy.

For the players, it was the first-place finish in the regular season that was even more memorable. “It was more emotional when we finished first in the regular season. I didn’t want to go to the playoffs and lose because we missed the regular season like last year. When we went into the championship match, there was something that made us relaxed, saying, “Let’s not think about it too quickly because we won the regular season,” as we were fierce until the end of the regular season.

“It felt different when we won the championship than when we won the regular season,” said Lee Da-hyun. “In the championship, every match went to five sets and my legs couldn’t move, so I think it was harder. When I went home and watched the game afterwards, I realized that we had won.

From Hyundai E&C to the national team, they have spent a long time together. With Jeong Jung-yoon becoming a free agent for the first time this season, Lee Da-hyun and Kim Dae-in actively courted each other. “Let’s grow old together and play sports for the rest of our lives!” they both said.

As soon as the long season wrapped up, both Hyunmizu players had a busy off-season schedule. The national team will be called up to compete in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2024 starting on the 15th of this month.

Aiming to win 5,6R Coach Ko Hee-jin “Wins are more important than performances right now. It means 3 points”

“Today, I want to emphasize that we got three points.”

Jung Kwan-jang holds off a late charge from IBK in the first match of the fifth round, earning three points to stay in the hunt for third place.

Jung Kwan-jang won the first match of the Dodram 2023-2024 V League Round 5 against IBK IBK Enterprise Bank 3-1 (30-28, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17) in straight sets at Chungmu Gymnasium in 토토 Daejeon on Monday.

With the victory, Jung Kwan-jang, who has 12 wins and 13 losses, added three more points to reach 39 points and move within four points of third-place GS Caltex (15 wins and 9 losses – 43 points). On Jan. 18, the team met up with IBK in the final game of Round 4, which they won 3-0. We met again in the first game of Round 5, making it a revenge match, and I was curious to see the outcome. In the fourth round, we won easily with Mega’s explosion, but on this day, IBK fought back.

They took the lead in the first set and almost lost it, but won 30-28 on deuce. After winning the second set easily, the team jumped out to an early lead in the third set and went up 3-0. However, they gave up one point to IBK, and eventually lost 23-25. In the fourth set, they also took a big lead early on, but were down by two points, 17-15. This time, it was different from the third set. Jia and Lee So-young’s attacks brought the score back to four points, and they held on for the win.

Before the match “Rounds 5 and 6 are about winning. One loss will lead to two and three losses. We will play with the mindset of winning the whole match.” Coach Ko Hee-jin said after the match, “I want to emphasize that we won three points today,” and added, “There were some plays that showed that we hadn’t played in a long time, but we still managed to win the fourth set. It’s more important to win now than to play well. They did a good job,” and praised the players.

“We have a lot to talk about today, but I think we need to focus more on preparing for the next match against Hyundai E&C than today,” Ko said, meaning that they will not break the good mood of the victory by talking about what went wrong, but will continue their winning momentum against the top-ranked Hyundai E&C.

“Hyundai E&C has a good setter, Kim Da-in, who sees our blockers and takes them out. “Of course, it should be a basic serve and serve-receive battle. We’ve been practicing defense and blocking, and I think we can play a good game if we get that part right.”