After the departure of top-class foreign player Keita (22, Verona), KB Insurance, which seemed to fall endlessly, still has hope for ‘spring volleyball’. The combination of Hwang Taek-eui (27) and Viyena (30) was activated in earnest, and the possibility of a rebound was hinted at by suppressing the ‘1st round’.
KB Insurance defeated Korean Air with a set score of 3-0 in the home game of the 4th round of the men’s division of the ‘Dodram 2022-2023 V-League’ held at Uijeongbu Gymnasium on the 24th and won two consecutive wins. It was the first time in a year since the 3-2 victory on January 29 last year, and the shutout victory is the first time in five years since February 2018.
The driving force behind the victory of KB Insurance on this day was the fighting spirit of Hwang Taek-eui, the setter, and the firepower of Viyena, the apositive spiker (light). Hwang Taek-eui, who had been away for about a month from the end of last year due to a back injury, returned during the Woori Card match on the 6th of this month, and played the Korean Air match with the aftereffects. KB Insurance coaching staff, including coach Hu In-jeong, had to check his back condition from time to time. Hwang Taek-eui defended the court until the end and succeeded in 37 sets, winning a complete match against his role model Han Seon-seon (Korean Air).
The performance of Villena, who joined as a substitute for Nicola, was also dazzling. Following the triple crown against Samsung Fire & Marine on the 21st, he scored 26 points against Korean Air on the same day. He was the shortest foreign player (194cm) in the men’s division and had a tendency to struggle when facing a team with strong blocking, but in peak condition, he defeated Korean Air, who ranked first in team blocking this season. After the game, Vijena, who said, “I saw the blocking and turned it around to hit it or tried to induce a touchout,” was 먹튀검증 blocked by Korean Air’s blocking only three times.
KB Insurance is still in 6th place with 8 wins and 15 losses and 24 points. There is a gap of 6 points with 5th place KEPCO (30 points) and 13 points with 4th place OK Financial Group (37 points), which can advance to the postseason. However, there are still 5 or 6 rounds left, so it is too early to give up on ‘Spring Volleyball’. The fate of KB Insurance depends on whether Hwang Taek-eui, an irreplaceable resource, can properly recover and Viyena can continue the current momentum.