Hyundai Capital, the end of the dark period, achieved a generational change by winning runner-up
We met the same ending as expected for the 2022-2023 season, which was based on a strong team until the end without Jeon Kwang-in . Still, the fans cheered and applauded the players who did their best until the end. Hyundai Capital ended the season with a ‘valuable runner-up’.
Hyundai Capital beat Korean Air with a set score of 2-3 (25-23, 25-13, 22-25, 17-25, 11- 15) and confirmed the runner-up with 3 losses in the series.
After 4 years, Korean Air and the championship match ‘return match’ was concluded and attracted attention, but the result was the exact opposite. Following the 1st and 2nd games at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon, they failed to catch the 3rd game at home.
However, unlike the previous two games, in the third game, he took the first and second sets, raising the possibility of leading the match to the fourth game. The problem was after that. In the third set, Jeong Ji-seok’s serve shook the receive line, and the atmosphere completely went over to Korean Air, and he sat down as it was.
While the young players were calm, the veteran players could not hide their disappointment. Jeon Kwang-in, who cheered for the players from the stands because he was unable to play due to an injury, could not lift his head for a while after the game. ‘Veteran’ Moon Seong-min, who covered his face with a towel, shed tears.
Hyundai Capital, who succeeded in changing generations after the worst season,
nevertheless, Hyundai Capital’s 2022-2023 season deserves applause. Over the past two seasons, the team that accepted the report cards of 6th (2020-2021 season) and 7th (2021-2022 season) has been reborn as a completely different team. Centered around Jeon Kwang-in and Heo Soo-bong, the ‘strong domestic twin guns’, even blocking, which is an advantage, was powerful.
In particular, it was a season in which coach Choi Tae-woong, who had put the team in the ranks of strong teams in the late 2010s, saw the light of generational change. In the case of the last two seasons, I was not greedy for the team’s performance. Instead, he looked to the future and managed the team. It was judged that it was a necessary process to create an image as a strong team for a long time.
There was no way he didn’t know that ‘professionals have to prove their grades’. Fans who were disappointed with the team’s ranking, which remained at the bottom, continued to criticize. It was a somewhat unfamiliar ranking because it was a team that had consistently experienced spring volleyball. Even in this atmosphere, Director Choi continued his plan.
Setter Lee Hyeon-seung, who made his debut this season, was no exception. He was as important in the team as main setter Kim Myung-kwan. When Lee Hyun-seung and the players didn’t get along, coach Choi Tae-woong yelled at him, but it was a season where he learned a lot from the player’s point of view.
In the short-term battle without Jeon Gwang-in, he took out as many resources as possible. Even in the regular season, Lee Si-woo, Kim Seon-ho, and Hong Dong-seon, who were backup members, played a lot of time through playoffs and championship matches. In the end, it was more than expected even if it couldn’t overcome Korean Air’s wall.
Looking higher now
The younger team has put an end to the dark period. Even if the main player is missing, the remaining players have gained confidence that they can fill the vacancy. Now that the generation shift has been successful, it is time to move toward the next goal. Ultimately, the goal of Hyundai Capital is to bring back the winning trophy. 스포츠토토
Ultimately, two things need to be addressed. The first is to overcome Korean Air. Following last season, this season also failed to win in the Incheon expedition. To find the most recent away win over Korean Air, you have to go back to January 2021. If you don’t find a breakthrough, it won’t be easy to recapture the trophy.
Foreign players who can support Heo Soo-bong and Jeon Kwang-in are also needed. Oreol Camejo (registered name Oreol), who boasted a high RBI, was also great, but he was not a player who could calmly lead the team to the top. In particular, he showed weakness in receiving, such as being attacked by his opponent’s targeted serve. Hyundai Capital should thoroughly prepare for the foreign player tryout next month.
There is no time for regret. Hyundai Capital’s eyes are on the 2023-2024 season. If the possibility was confirmed in the previous season, it should bear fruit in the new season. We have to look beyond spring volleyball. Attention is focusing on whether or not this year’s regrets can be completely cleared away.