Hyundai Capital, the men’s professional volleyball team that has been on a tear lately, will look to make it four straight wins against the league’s bottom-ranked KB Insurance.
Hyundai Capital acting head coach Jin Soon-ki said, “The atmosphere of the team is very good right now,” ahead of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Round 4 match against KB Insurance at Uijeongbu Gymnasium on Thursday. It’s stable,” he said with a smile. “Even if I don’t say anything, the players are making efforts on their own,” said acting coach Jin.
According to Jin, Hyundai Capital’s recent rise has been one of the most noticeable in the entire V-League. 바카라사이트 The team is currently 7-13 (25 points) and sixth in the league, but has recently won three straight games.
Hyundai Capital has taken all three games since firing head coach Choi Tae-woong on Dec. 21 last year. They won both games of the doubleheader against the KEPCO in shutout fashion and swept the league-leading Woori Card 3 games to 1. With nine points, the team is now 11 points clear of last-place KB Sonbo.
However, acting head coach Jin isn’t putting any pressure on his players to fight for the top spot. “We’re not in that situation yet,” he said. “I haven’t talked to the players about the standings. If we win today and move up five spots, it won’t make a big difference,” he emphasized. “We have four games left in the fourth round, so we need to focus on that first,” he added.
What stands out is the resurgence of Jeon Kwang-in (194 cm) and Heo Su-bong (195 cm). Together with their main man Ahmed Iqbairi (registered name Ahmed-200cm), they have scored double-digit points during the three-game winning streak. It’s significant that the homegrown players have shared the offensive burden that Ahmed alone carried during the team’s slump.
Kim Myung-kwan (195 cm) has also been a standout as the starting setter during the three-game winning streak. Kim has done a good job of setting low and fast balls to the left and right side attackers to create fast breaks.
“Head coaches are in a position to give opinions, while coaches are in a position to make choices,” Jin said, revealing the difficulty of timing when it comes to calling game time.
“I think older coaches have their own philosophy (of calling time),” Jin said. “We don’t have that yet. You can’t just ask for it because you lost a point. You have to look at the game in many different ways.”
When it comes to communicating with the players, he laughs, “I try to make it easy for them, but it can be difficult for them,” he says. “I try to motivate them through individual meetings. For major issues within the team, I tend to communicate with the seniors.”