Hyundai Capital, the “traditional masterpiece,” is back on track. It has won five consecutive games as of Christmas last year. It beat Woori Card, KB Insurance, and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance after sweeping two consecutive games against KEPCO, its first opponent in the fourth round, at the end of the third round of the “Dodram 2023-2024 V League.” Acting coach Jin Soon-ki has never lost since taking the helm in place of former coach Choi Tae-woong, who was forced out due to poor performance.
The situation has also changed rapidly. Hyundai Capital not only escaped the bottom (seventh place) with 9 wins and 13 losses and 31 points, but also started chasing the top three. It is a bit far away from the leader Woori Card (15 wins and 7 losses and 42 points), but no one can guarantee what will happen if the current trend is maintained, such as a showdown.
His strong performance is also impressive. Hyundai Capital won the set score of 3-1 thanks to tall setter Kim Myung-kwan’s stable ball distribution and strong performance by Ahmed, Jeon Kwang-in, and Heo Soo-bong Triangle. Middle blocker Choi Min-ho and Cha Young-seok also performed well. Another considerable income is that it repaid the pain of losing three consecutive games against its rivals.
Acting President Jin’s sudden heavy responsibility is simple and simple. He aims to secure at least one win against all teams. And much of the victory has been achieved. Only Korean Air and OK Financial Group remain. Of course, he has already defeated OK Financial Group under the Choi Tae-woong administration, but he has yet to meet with Jin.
The first chance is here. Hyundai Capital will face Korean Air on Wednesday at Yoo Gwan-soon Gymnasium in Cheonan. In the three previous meetings this season, it has never beaten the defending champion. Although the Korean Air has not been in a good pace lately, losing 1-3 to KB Insurance, the lowest-ranked team in the league, on Tuesday, Korean Air’s prowess cannot be ignored. It crushed Woori Card 3-0 on Tuesday, showing off its prowess as a strong powerhouse. Although it is regrettable that there is no foreign captain, Korean Air is not in a very easy state, backed by its native ace Lim Dong-hyuk, Jung Ji-seok, who shook off his injury, and Korean striker Jeong Han-yong.
Still, the team is full of confidence. “Bertie gained strength. Even if the score gap is wide, everyone thinks it can be reversed,” said Hyundai Capital veteran Moon Sung-min, while Jin stressed that the team’s goal is to “spring volleyball.” It is motivation in itself.