“(Ankle injury) Jeong Ji-yoon will be able to play from Game 2”

Hyundai E&C head coach Kang Sung-hyung deep in thought

Hyundai E&C head coach Kang Sung-hyung praised veteran middle blocker Yang

Hyo-jin (33) for scoring back-to-back crucial points in the match.

“Yang Hyo-jin is Yang Hyo-jin,” said Kang Sung-hyung after the team’s 3-1 (19-25

25-21 25-23 25-22) win over Korea Expressway Corporation in the women’s

professional volleyball match at Suwon Gymnasium on Friday. “She played an

effective attack with a high success rate in a tough situation and led the team to victory.”

Hyundai E&C conceded four consecutive points in the fourth set, 20-16, to lose the momentum.

It was Yang Hyo-jin who prevented the upset. She scored back-to-back points from

the center and scored again at 23-21 with a celestial center open attack.

Hyundai E&C closed out the match in four sets thanks to a strong performance from Yang Hyo-jin.

“Moma Bassoco Letizia

(registered name Moma) also helped Yang Hyo-jin a lot, so we were able to attack

effectively,” said coach Kang Sung-hyung, adding, “Although she ran out of energy at the end, she did a good job.”

As for Kim Joo-hyang, who played as the main apogee spiker in place of Jeong Ji-

yoon, who was out with an ankle injury, he praised her for “doing her part by

blocking at crucial moments” and “playing much better than she did in practice.”

However, Kang Sung-hyung said, “Jeong Ji-yoon is currently recovering, so I think

he will be able to play from the second round.” “He has pain, but he needs to return

in the second round to play in normal condition in the third and fourth rounds.”

Outside hitter Wipawi Sithong (registered name Wipai), a player in the Asian

quarterfinals, said he would wait and see.

Wipai had a breakout game against IBK on Nov. 21, scoring 21 points, but was held

to just six points in Game 25. He also shot just 26.09% from the field.

“The domestic professional volleyball schedule is tight, and I don’t think he’s ever

played a schedule like this before,” said Kang Sung-hyung, “but if he adapts well, he’ll be fine.” 스포츠토토맨

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