In Korean Air’s men’s professional volleyball, it is a matter of picking stars from the sky for a rookie setter to have a chance to play. This is because there are players born in 1985, a duo of the same age, such as Han Seon-su and Yoo Kwang-woo, who enjoyed an era, or still reign as the best setters in the V-League.
Second-year setter Jeong Jin-hyeok (23), who participated in the 2021-2022 rookie draft while attending Hongik University and wore a Korean Air uniform with 3rd place in the 3rd round, also had little experience of raising the ball in an official game after his professional debut. He started in 4 sets of 3 games in the 2021-2022 season, when he was a rookie, and in the 2022-2023 season, he only played 2 sets in 1 game. In the 2022 KOVO Cup, it was not easy to break through the gap between Han and Yoo Kwang-woo in the V-League, to the extent that he played 3 games and played 10 sets more. In the upcoming 2023-2024 V-League, Jeong Jin-hyeok is likely to mainly keep outside the court.
For Jeong Jin-hyeok, the 2023 Asian Men’s Volleyball Club Championship is an opportunity to show who he is. Player Han, the main setter, accompanies the team for knee rehabilitation, but is not participating in the game. Until the 3rd match of the group stage and the first match of the quarterfinals against the Suntory Sunbirds, Kwang-Woo Yoo played the main role, and Jin-Hyeok Jung took on the role of a backup setter and showed a decent tosswork.
On the 19th (hereafter local time), the last match of the quarterfinal league against Mongolia’s Bayanghongor, when the advance to the quarterfinals was already frustrated. Jeong Jin-hyeok started for the first time in this tournament and played full-time.
In addition to Jeong Jin-hyeok, head coach Tommy Tillikainen put Hyun-jong Son in place of Dong-hyeok Lim, the apositive spike who played an active role in this tournament, and Jung Han-yong and Joon Lee, the team’s ace, as outside heaters, as outside heaters. It was a consideration to give the main players a break because even if they lost the game that day, if they won the 5th and 6th place advances and the 5th and 6th place match, they could win the top 5th place.
Jeong Jin-hyeok led Korean Air to a set score of 3-1 (25-21 22-25 25-16 25-19) victory by showing a variety of game management using the left and right and the middle of the court in a variety of ways.스포츠토토
Jeong Jin-hyeok, who met with reporters after the game, said, “It was a good experience to feel the responsibility of leading the game. After opening his mouth, he said, “I am satisfied with the game.
In the V-League, Jin-Hyuk Jeong, who is mostly kept in the warm-up zone by players such as Han and Kwang-Woo Yoo, was asked what he thought while watching their play. is an individual ability, so I am working hard during practice.” He added, “The two seniors usually give me a lot of advice about the opponent’s blocking position, things that are switched, and game management.”
Jeong Jin-hyeok and outside hitters Lee Joon and Jung Han-yong, whom he played full-time on this day, have been working together since their days at Hongik University. He laughed, saying, “Even after joining the pros, we work together a lot during practice, but it was almost the first time we played full-time together in a real game, so it reminded me of my college days.”