Reporter Seongdae Moon = ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (35, Heungkuk Life Insurance) challenges the top of the regular league after 15 seasons.
Heungkuk Life Insurance won a 3-0 (25-19 25-17 28-26) win against Korea Expressway Corporation in the women’s division of the ‘Dodram 2022-2023 V-League’ held at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 23rd.
1st place Heungkuk Life Insurance (23 wins 7 losses, 69 points), who ran 3 consecutive wins, beat Hyundai Engineering & Construction (21 wins, 9 losses, 62 points) in 2nd place and laid the foundation for the 6th championship in the regular league. If Heungkuk Life Insurance wins 12 points in the remaining 6 games, even if Hyundai E&C wins, the first place will be confirmed.
On the other hand, Hyundai E&C, whose strength was drastically shaken from the 5th round, fell into a pit of 5 consecutive losses. The record of 1 win and 5 losses in the 5th round is the lowest among the 7 clubs.
Kim Yeon-kyung played an outstanding role in the 5th round. She scored the most points on her team with 123 points in 6 games in the 5th round, and led the league with 47.54% attack success rate in the 5th round.
Kim Yeon-kyung, who made his debut at Heungkuk Life Insurance in the 2005-2006 season, boasted excellent scoring power and led his team to first place in the regular league for three consecutive seasons.
In particular, Kim Yeon-kyung announced the emergence of a large rookie by sweeping the rookie of the year, regular league MVP, and championship MVP in the first year of her debut. After her debut, she also ranked first overall in offense for three consecutive seasons.
Kim Yeon-kyung returned to the V-League after advancing to an overseas league after the 2008-2009 season, but has yet to win a single championship.
Kim Yeon-kyung also had a chance to win. Heungkuk Life Insurance made a good start, winning 10 consecutive wins at the start of the 2020-2021 season, but stayed in second place in the league due to a lack of support. In the championship match, he was defeated by GS Caltex, leaving regret. 메이저놀이터
If Heungkuk Life Insurance takes first place in the regular league this time, Kim Yeon-kyung will experience the top in 15 seasons. Once again, we will challenge to win the championship match.
Kim Yeon-kyung built a strong offensive line with Yelena this season, and played a decisive role in leading young players to rise to the top of the league. He served as a focal point to ensure that the players were not shaken even when they were having difficulties due to the sacking of the manager during the season.
Immediately after winning the Korea Expressway Corporation match, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “The championship has not yet been confirmed. We have to win a match that can be won before it is confirmed. Today’s match was important, and the remaining matches are also important. Coincidentally, the final match of the season is the Hyundai E&C match. It would be nice to confirm (the championship) before that. I will do well with the players.”
Heungkuk Life Insurance now has the last 6 rounds left. Kim Yeon-kyung will compete in the match against GS Caltex at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on the 26th.
Heungkuk Life Insurance showed an advantage against GS Caltes this season with 3 wins and 2 losses. However, the two teams played an equal game to the extent of having a close game of deuce three times.
Kim Yeon-kyung showed a particularly strong appearance at GS Caltex. He scored 101 points in 5 games, and had a very high attack success rate of 51.74%.