Korean Air’s solo era… Men’s volleyball repeats 3 consecutive regular league losses in 8 years
Korean Air, which flies high, replayed its third consecutive regular league victory in 8 years in men’s professional volleyball.
Korean Air secured at least 1 point by winning two sets in the away game against KB Insurance on the 10th.
Korean Air, who increased the season’s points to 72, secured first place in the regular league regardless of the remaining two games. This is because even if second-place Hyundai Capital won all the matches and tied Korean Air on points토토사이트, they could not rise to first place after falling behind in the set goal-loss ratio.
After the launch of professional volleyball in 2005, Korean Air became the second men’s club to win three consecutive regular league titles after Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance.
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance won the regular league for four consecutive seasons from the 2011-2012 season to the 2014-2015 season.
After the heyday of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance ended, Korean Air conquered the three-way structure with Hyundai Capital and Woori Card and took first place in the regular league for three consecutive years, opening an era of solo play.
Korean Air’s greatest strength is its confidence and strong organizational power, which have won the regular league and combined championships for the past two years in a row.
Neither offense nor defense is missing. He occupied the court for three seasons with total volleyball that does not depend on one person.
The skills of the three musketeers, including Lincoln Williams (registered name Lincoln), Jeong Ji-seok, and airlifter Kwak Seung-seok, are the best among the seven clubs. Jeong Ji-seok’s contribution to the team is high, especially in defense and blocking, to the extent that he is among the top 5 players.
On top of that, the height of the middle blockers and the fast-breaking skills of Kim Gyu-min and Kim Min-jae are excellent.
Most of all, while Hyundai Capital and Woori Card struggled with breathing problems between the setter and striker, Korean Air cruised without wavering with the league’s best setter, Han Seon-su.
Even if Korean Air lost, it did not go down in vain. Out of 9 losses this season, only 5 times they gave up 3 points intact, and the remaining 4 times were fiercely fought until the 5th set.
Korean Air laid the foundation for a solo run by securing 4 wins and 12 points until the previous day against KB Insurance, its opponent in the championship match last year without Keita Noumori.
It reigned as the ‘nemesis’ of KEPCO (5 wins, 1 loss, 12 points) and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (4 wins, 1 loss, 11 points), and was greatly ahead of Hyundai Capital, which emerged as a counterhorse this season, with 5 wins and 1 loss.
In particular, Korean Air, who lost to Hyundai Capital by a set score of 1-3 for the first time on February 10 after winning 4 consecutive wins this season, held Hyundai Capital with a 3-0 shutout on the 5th, the de facto first place match, and went straight to the championship match. crossed the ridge
OK Financial Group was also strong with 4 wins and 2 losses, including the recent 3 consecutive shutout victories. Only our card is inferior with 2 wins and 3 losses.
1st place in the regular league for 3 consecutive years is an achievement achieved under the direction of a foreign coach, so it has a lot of implications for other clubs.
For the first time in men’s professional volleyball, Korean Air entrusted the 2020-2021 season to Italian coach Roberto Santili, the first foreign commander, to win the club’s first integrated championship.
After receiving the baton, Finnish coach Tommy Tilikhainen led the team to first place in the regular season for two consecutive seasons. This is an example of overcoming academic ties, delays, Korea’s unique senior-junior culture, and the unique emotions of the V-League.
Korean Air’s remaining goal is to win the combined championship for three consecutive seasons.
This record was also first established by Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance from the 2011-2012 season to the 2013-2014 season. If Korean Air achieves this season, it will set the second milestone in history.
3rd place Woori Card, which has already confirmed its entry into the ‘Spring Volleyball’, and Hyundai Capital, which is aiming for a come-from-behind victory in the championship match in 2nd place, are all waiting for Korean Air, so it seems that they will face a tougher challenge than the previous season.
Korean Air burst champagne in the final match of both the 2020-2021 season (3 wins, 2 losses) and the 2021-2022 season (2 wins, 1 loss) championship match. This year, attention is focused on who will laugh last.