She knows the pain and wants to empower them.
“Volleyball Queen” Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life) didn’t stand out when she first started playing volleyball. She was only 160 centimeters tall until middle school. She had to play several positions as a backup, let alone a starter. That’s when she developed her fundamentals. When he got to high school, he started to grow a lot. She now stands at 192 centimeters. In the meantime, Kim has become a world-class attacker who can play both offense and defense.
In fact, last season, Kim ranked fifth in the league in scoring (669 points – first among domestic players) and first in total offense (45.76% success rate). She also ranked eighth in the league in receiving (46.80% efficiency), 10th in digs (3.713 per set), and 10th in defense (5.527 per set). She was just as important on defense as she was on offense.
So she knows what it’s like to be a receiver. That’s why she continues to encourage her junior libero Do Su-bin. Until last season, Heungkuk Sinsaeng’s starting libero was Kim Hae-ran. This season, she was sidelined with a knee injury. His absence is expected to be rather long. Do Soo-bin made his debut in the 2016-2017 season and was mainly a backup. He significantly increased his playing time in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons and then took over behind Kim again.
This year, he has been the starting libero since the opening match. After the team’s first match of the season against Korea Expressway Corporation on April 14 with a set score of 3-0, Kim Yeon-kyung said to Do Soo-bin, “I believe in you because you have prepared a lot. You are doing well.”
The same was true after a 3-0 win against Pepper Savings Bank on the 22nd. “It’s a little bit unfair to compare her to (Do) because (Kim) Hae-ran is a very experienced and good player,” Kim said. “She did really well in the first game (against Roadworks). She said she was a little nervous against Hyundai E&C (a 3-2 win on Nov. 18) and struggled a bit in the beginning,” he said, adding, “She played so well again against Pepper Savings Bank.”
“One of the positions we struggled with the most in the offseason was libero, and I think the process is paying off,” he said, adding, “I hope Su-bin will continue to improve. She’s already doing a good job.”
Outside hitter Park Jung-ah’s name naturally came up in the interview. Park played for Roadworks until last season. The team has a two-man receiving system with libero Lee Myeong-ok and outside hitter Moon Jung-won. Park was able to focus on her offense without the burden of receiving.
This season was different. After signing as a free agent with Pepper Savings Bank, Park was able to get involved in receiving again. In three games, she had a receiving efficiency of 8.33% (48 attempts, 9 correct, 5 missed). Heungkuk Lifespan posted an efficiency of 7.14% (14 attempts, 2 on target, 1 miss).
“Receiving is actually one of the most difficult skills to master,” said Kim Yeon-kyung, a longtime member of the Pakistani women’s national volleyball team. In this match, I think I held on better than on other days.” “We give each other a lot of advice. They give each other advice.”굿모닝토토
“All the players who receive are on the same page. They have a lot of willpower when they play. Right now, I’m fighting with my teammate (Kim) Mi-yeon.” “I can see Pepper Savings Bank continuing to play (Park) Jung-ah and trying to improve her form. I think they will be a scary team in the second half of the season.” It was a story of consideration for Park Jung-ah.
Meanwhile, Kim Yeon-kyung scored 20 points (50% attacking success rate), the second most on the team, including one block against Pepper Savings Bank on Nov. 22. She only committed one error. With this performance, Kim became the seventh player in the women’s program’s history to surpass 4,000 career points. She now has 4013 points.
“I didn’t realize it at all. I don’t count,” she laughed, then added, “I found out during the interview. It seems like it took me a long time after playing in overseas leagues for more than 10 years.” “If you put meaning to it, it’s meaningful, and if you don’t, it doesn’t seem to be meaningful,” he said. “It’s an individual goal, but in the end, I think it’s a team effort. Above all, I think it’s important to finish the season well.”