Lee So- Young – Park Hye-min “Volleyball while having fun without anxiety”

Professional women’s volleyball outside hitter Park Hye-min (22, Jung Kwan-jang) has revealed her prospects as a next-generation attacker.

Park performed like an alto with 13 points (52.17 percent attack success rate), including one block, against Heungkuk Life at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on Sept. 26.

When foreign player Giovanna Milana (registered name Zia) struggled with five points in the first and second sets, Park Hye-min provided firepower with six points.

For Jung, Park’s performance was especially welcome as her main player Lee So-young has yet to return from shoulder surgery in April.

On the day, Jung Kwanjang won the set 3-2 (21-25 26-28 25-22 25-7 18-16) with evenly matched performances from Megawatti Puttiwi (registered name Mega – 31 points), Giovanna Milana (registered name Gia – 20 points), Jung Ho-young (14 points) and Park Eun-jin (12 points).

After the match, Park said, “At the end of the second set, the coach said, ‘Don’t look so confident because this is not your strength. Think you can do it,’ so I got up and fought harder,” Park recalled.

When asked if they felt any pressure to take over from their senior, Lee So-young, they confidently said, “I’m not nervous at all.”

“Originally, I would have collapsed quickly because I was mentally weak, but now I am not anxious because I have practiced well in the off-season,” Park Hye-min said, adding, “I am playing volleyball while having fun with the idea that I just need to show what I have practiced.”

Customized advice from head coach Ko Hee-jin also helped.

Ko told Park, who is not very tall at 1.81 meters, to play “smart volleyball” instead of pushing hard.

“When we practiced, if I tried to hit hard, he would say, ‘You can’t do that. You should play smart volleyball,'” she said, adding, “I’ve been watching my older sisters who are good at finesse (with the ball) and copying them.”

In particular, she references the play of IBK’s Hwang Min-kyung and Korea Expressway Corporation’s Moon Jung-won, saying, “Min-kyung really likes to play with the ball. In defense, I watch her a lot and try to make it my own.”

“He’s a bit of a ‘tsundere’ (nonchalant caretaker),” she said of Ko’s blunt style. No matter how you say it, I take it well and do my best,” he said with a laugh.

After winning the match, Coach Ko said, “Park Hye-min’s performance has improved. I’m looking forward to the future.” However, he did not forget the bitter words, “It’s not yet (the set) to the point where she’s hitting bad balls.”

Regarding Jung Ho-young and Park Eun-jin, who combined for 26 points, including nine blocks, he said, “They’re the best middle blocker line in Korea, right up there with (Hyundai E&C’s) Yang Hyo-jin and Lee Da-hyun,” but added, “They’re still not good enough. They need to improve their positioning and their eyes to read their opponents,” he added. 토토사이트


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