Kim Yeon-kyung (35, Heungkuk Life Insurance) finally tasted victory by showing off her skills worthy of a volleyball empress in the domestic stage championship match.
Kim Yeon-kyung led Heungkuk Life Insurance, which was devastated by the school violence scandal of her twins two years ago, and advanced through the playoffs to the championship match. However, no matter how much Kim Yeon-kyung, it was not easy for her to fill the gap between the main setter (Lee Da-young) and the outside heater (Lee Jae-young). To make matters worse, even foreign players were hurriedly changed to Bruna as Lucia was injured, and Kim Yeon-kyung also suffered a thumb injury during the playoffs.
March 26, 2021 Seoul Jangchung Gymnasium. In the first game of the championship match against GS Caltex, Kim Yeon-kyung struggled with an attack success rate of 59.09% and scored 13 points, the highest in the team. Heungkuk Life Insurance lost the series 3 in the end that year and gave the championship trophy to GS Caltex.
Kim Yeon-kyung returned to Heungkuk Life Insurance in the 2022-2023 season after living in Shanghai, China last season. Her first fight in this championship match was different. Heungkuk Life Insurance, who won a direct ticket to the championship match as the 1st place in the regular league, won 3-1 in the first match against Korea Expressway Corporation held at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 29th, bringing a winning probability of 56.25% (9 out of 16 times). . Kim Yeon-kyung led the initiative by raising 26 points (attack success rate 45.10%), the second highest after foreign player Yelena (32 points).
After playing against IBK Industrial Bank of Korea in the 6th round of the regular league on the 15th, Kim Yeon-kyung took a break without participating in the Hyundai E&C match on the 19th, which was the final game in preparation for the postseason. On this day, he showed a slowdown until the 2nd set, perhaps because his first real match in 2 weeks was awkward, but he regained his original skills from the 3rd set and showed off his firepower by scoring 19 points in the 3rd and 4th sets. Heungkuk Life Insurance coach Marcello Avon Danza said, “It would have been difficult for him to regain his rhythm after taking two weeks off, but he raised 26 points. I think I just need to do it like today,” he praised Ace’s performance.
After the game, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I expected today’s game to be difficult. It didn’t go well in the beginning, but I gave 3 sets at 2-0, but fortunately the finish went well.” Actually, the opponent did well in the beginning. Our flow didn’t work out, but as we did it, we were able to finish well with 3 or 4 sets unraveling,” she said of her victory.스포츠토토
Kim Yeon-kyung, who is usually full of leisure, went to the interview with a somewhat rigid expression on this day. Even on the court, she never laughed, but she played seriously all the time. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “The championship game can end in one game. I myself couldn’t afford it. It’s ridiculous to have time in a game like this,” he said. “The championship title is at stake, and the first leg was also very important. I was trying to win, so that’s how it came out.”
With this victory, Heungkuk Life Insurance has only two wins left until the combined championship. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I think I’m about 50% closer to winning the first game. I thought I could bring a good flow because many fans came to the home stadium,” he said. “Now the game continues again. I will continue to catch the atmosphere well and try to win.”