Hyundai Capital at the edge of the brink… Can Director Choi Tae-woong keep his pride?

Men’s professional volleyball Hyundai Capital is on the brink. Coach Choi Tae-woong (47), who showed his determination to win on and off the court, also bowed his head. 

Hyundai Capital scored a set score of 0-3 (20-25, 22-25, 22 -25) and was defeated. Foreign player Oreol Kameho only scored 6 points, and ace Heo Soo-bong also recorded 9 errors and was sluggish. 

Hyundai Capital also lost 1-3 in the first game held on the 30th of last month. There has never been a case in the history of the championship where a team that lost both the first and second games won the third to fifth games and won a come-from-behind championship. Hyundai Capital’s chance of winning is 0% based on its history. 

In men’s professional volleyball, Korean Air, which has a foreigner as its commander, has risen to the top of the championship match (champion match) for the last two seasons in a row. The 2020-21 season was led by coach Roberto Santili (58), who was the first foreign command tower in the V-League, and the 2021-22 season was led by coach Tommy Tillikainen (36), who is currently in charge. 

Coach Tae-woong Choi is also a mastermind who led Hyundai Capital to the top of the championship twice (season 2016-17, season 2018-19). Ahead of this championship match, he carved in his heart the determination to defend the pride of a domestic leader by stopping Korean Air from winning the championship, and showed his fighting spirit on and off the court. In the first game, he was warned by the referee for showing a more heated appearance than usual. After the second set, he had a war of nerves with the opponent’s bench staff. Korean Air striker Jeong Ji-seok even said, “I deliberately made the ceremony bigger because the opposing team appealed to me.” 

In an interview after the first game, coach Choi Tae-woong said, “I wasn’t conscious of it during the past two seasons. Playing the championship game with Korean Air this time made me want to protect the pride of a domestic leader. (Both men and women) foreign coaches have increased, and I think I can come in. I thought that the domestic leader should be more diligent.”    메이저사이트

Coach Tae-Woong Choi made a lot of tactical changes during the Korean Air Match. In the 5th and 6th rounds of the regular league, he appointed the main gun Heo Soo-bong, an apogee spiker (light), as a middle blocker (center). In the first round of this championship match, Kim Myung-gwan was used more as a backup instead of Lee Hyeon-seung, the starting player. In the second game, Oreol was appointed as the center. He was willing to somehow create a gap and dig in. 

Director Choi Tae-woong’s mercenary tactics did not work for Korean Air. Han Seon-sun, the leader of Korean Air and the national team setter, showed a game operation that took advantage of Hyundai Capital’s changes. The Lincoln Williams-Jung Ji-seok-Kwak Seung-seok triangle also consistently supported the scoring. 

On the 3rd, Hyundai Capital will move the stage to the home court (Yoo Gwan-soon Gymnasium in Cheonan) to play the third round of the championship. Now, if you lose even once, you win. Director Choi Tae-woong expressed his determination, saying, “I hope to be encouraged by the support of the home fans. I will not sit down like this.” 


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