KB Insurance has sunk the leader Korean Air, but it has to prepare for the next game with great worries.
On the 24th, a home game against Korean Air in the 4th round of the Dodram V-League Men’s Division in the 2022-2023 season held at the Indoor Gymnasium in Uijeongbu,메이저놀이터 Gyeonggi-do. KB Insurance coach Hu In-jeong worried about the physical condition of the main setter, Hwang Taek-eui, even before the game. This is because Hwang Taek-eui has been suffering from chronic back pain recently.
Regarding Hwang Taek-eui’s physical condition, Coach Hu explained, “He said he had pain in his back when he jumped or moved.” “It’s an injury that I’ll have to carry on until the end of the season, so I think I’ll have to watch it,” he said.
However, Hwang Taek-eui showed his fighting spirit and played full-time, leading the team’s attack and contributing to a complete victory. Thanks to Hwang Taek-eui’s performance, KB Insurance continued its two-game winning streak.
On the 9th of last month, Hwang Taek-eui was out of the team due to a back injury after the Woori Card Game. Unfortunately, KB Insurance faced the bad news of losing its main setter just in time for the decision to replace foreign players. Nicola, who joined KB Insurance as a foreign player this season, left Korea at the end of the match without showing any special performance.
With Hwang Taek-eui missing, KB Insurance had to play only with domestic players until a new foreign player arrived. Nicola’s substitute, Vyena, started playing on the court from the KEPCO match on the 27th of last month, but Hwang Taek-eui’s vacancy was still large. KB Insurance was sluggish with 2 wins and 4 losses in 6 games for about a month when Hwang Taek-eui was away.
As Hwang Taek-eui returned, KB Insurance’s attack began to revive. Hwang Taek-eui made a successful comeback by leading a shutout victory in the match against Woori Card on the 3rd. After Hwang Taek’s return, KB Insurance’s performance is gradually improving with 3 wins and 2 losses in 5 games.
He is getting better and better with Vijena and his breathing is also getting better. On the 21st, Villena achieved the Triple Crown by posting 38 points, including blocking, 5 points, 3 serves, and 17 points in the back attack against Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance. And in the Korean Air match that day, he took the lead in winning the team with 26 points and an attack success rate of 58.97%, the most of both teams.
Hwang Taek-eui also complained of back pain in the game that day. However, he burned his fighting spirit to pay for his humiliation after losing all three matches against Korean Air. Coach Hu said, “I kept checking Hwang Taek-eui’s physical condition during the game.”
Hwang Taek-eui’s fighting spirit for his injury also inspired his fellow players. Viyena said, “I tried to handle it as best as possible so that Hwang Taek-eui would not think deeply about the toss.” Outside hitter Han Seong-jeong, who played an active role with 10 points and an attack success rate of 56.25% that day, said, “I felt a sense of responsibility and a desire to compete because I was sick but tried to refer to it. I felt grateful to (Hwang) Taek-eui.”
KB Insurance collected 3 points that day, but is still in 6th place with 8 wins, 15 losses and 24 points. In order to save the slightest hope of advancing to spring volleyball, it is necessary to continue the three-game winning streak at the Korea Electric Power Match on the 27th.
In a situation where victory is desperately needed, Hwang Taek-eui is an irreplaceable setter. However, Coach Hu explained, “I plan to give him a break until the day after tomorrow, and I think I’ll have to wait and see how the next match goes.” It remains to be seen whether Hwang Taek-eui will make a quick recovery and lead the team’s upward trend.