Volleyball queen Kim Yeon-kyung writes to the national team, “I don’t feel like the main player is clear”
‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life), who watched her team’s juniors win their first victory at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, offered warm words of encouragement and a bitter pill to swallow.
“The most important thing for the team right now is to improve the atmosphere,” Kim told reporters after the women’s volleyball team’s match against South Korea and Nepal at the Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 at the Changchen Campus Gymnasium of Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou, China, on February 2. “The team atmosphere was good before yesterday’s match against Vietnam, but I could see that they were not able to overcome something mentally. I hope we can overcome it.”
South Korea were brought to their knees by Vietnam in their opening Group C match the previous day, taking the first and second sets before dropping the third, fourth and fifth.
The loss to the underdogs diminished South Korea’s chances of reaching the semifinals. 무지개토토
Kim Yeon-kyung, a KBS commentator for the match, seemed shocked.
Kim had left the stadium after the previous day’s game without making any comments.
He tried to cheer up his juniors on this day. Before the game, he came down to the stands and called each of them by name, waving and saying, “Cheer up!” to encourage them.
With Kim’s support, the team was able to turn things around with a 3-0 set win over Nepal.
Speaking to the media, Kim encouraged her juniors and urged volleyball fans to support them.
“Please don’t be too hard on our players,” she said, “I want us to accept the reality and think about how to create a good environment for future generations.”
When asked about Park Jung-ah (Pepper Savings Bank), who struggled on the day, he said, “It’s going to be hard for her both physically and mentally.” He added, “She didn’t play much (in the match itself), so I don’t think her chemistry and performance with her teammates were fully developed.”
Park was substituted for Pyo Seung-ju (IBK) in the first set against Nepal after repeatedly committing serve-receive errors.
Speaking about Park, Kim Yeon-kyung pointed to a “system problem.
“I feel that the six main players (in the national team) are not clear,” he said, “I think it would have been good if we had fixed them to some extent and focused on giving them a chance regardless of their performance and improving their condition.”