Head coach Choi Tae-woong of the Hyundai Capital men’s professional volleyball team said that the team is in the process of changing the position of outside hitter Heo Soo-bong and will use him as a middle blocker for the time being.
Hyundai Capital lost the opening match of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Men’s Division against Korean Air on Thursday with a set score of 0-3 at Incheon Gyeyang Gymnasium.
Hyundai Capital, which lost all three games of last season’s championship match, also lost the opening match of the new season.
Jupo Heo Su-bong, who played as an outside hitter until last season, has been transformed into an outside hitter this season. Foreign player Ahmed Iqbairi took over the outside hitter position.
While an outside hitter focuses on attacking without serving and receiving, an outside hitter must also receive. Heo Soo-bong, who had been playing only as an outside hitter, showed difficulty in changing positions.
In the post-match press conference, Choi Tae-woong said, “I evaluated Su-bong while she was training as an outside hitter, but her reception is better than expected, but her attack success rate is not as high as I expected, so she will play as a middle blocker for the time being.”
“I will change my position when I get used to outside hitter,” he said, adding, “(Outside hitter) has different steps, so it will be a little difficult. My reception was better than I thought.”
Choi attributed the loss to a lack of training time. “Korean Air has about one unforced error per game, but we have about two per set,” he said. “That’s where the difference in points comes from when it gets close. I think it shows a lack of training time.”메이저놀이터
Choi said that it will be four to five weeks before they start to gel. “Ahmed has a big offense, but we need our domestic players to play well,” Choi said. Jeon Kwang-in is the core of the team, but his physical condition is a big problem,” Choi said, adding, “I think it will take about four to five weeks.”
He was pleased with Ahmed, who joined the team after playing for Samsung Fire last season. “He did very well,” he said. He’s an atmosphere maker for the team.” “He’s leading the players well. I like him. I think he’s a good player.”
Taiwanese middle blocker Pei-Chang saw the adjustment period as a challenge: “I need to get used to Korean volleyball more. There are some communication problems. It will take time,” he said, adding, “I think we will play better from the middle of the second round.”
Choi believes that the introduction of the Asian quarter could increase the number of professional teams. “There are a lot of domestic players left, so I thought we could increase the number of teams,” he said, “and I think the players in the Asian quarter are competitive. The quality of players from Southeast Asia and Asia has improved.”