A veteran who is responsible for the foreign vacancy… Hwang Yeon-joo, Pillars supporting Hyundai E&C

January 5, 2023 0 Comments

In professional volleyball, the influence of foreign players is the key to determining team performance. In volleyball, where you have to score 25 points in a set first, outsiders are at the top of the scoring list, regardless of gender. Hurrying to replace mercenaries with substitutes when they do not meet expectations is not irrelevant to the preference for ‘career positions’ proven in the V-League.

Hyundai E&C in the women’s division was in crisis as Yasmin, a foreign player in the second year of the V-League ‘monster’, left due to a herniated disc injury. However, Hyundai E&C is not going down easily. Hwang Yeon-joo, a native apogee spiker (OP), has a lot to do with it.

Hwang Yeon-ju, who entered the professional league with the second pick in the first round in the 2005 draft, the first year of the V-League, is a representative veteran with 19 league careers. He is the holder of various records, befitting the nickname ‘Queen of Records’. He scored 2 total points of 5500, 1 point of sub 450 points, and 1 point of 1200 points from back. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 2005, and in the 2010-2011 season, he swept the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the regular league, championship, and all-star games in a single season. Due to the nature of the OP position, where years have passed and foreign players are mainly used, in recent years, he has been mainly active as a replacement.

Hwang Yeon-joo, who spent a lot of time in the warm-up zone this season, is starting the last 5 games due to an injury to Yasmin, the main shooter. Hwang Yeon-ju is showing off rust-free skills by posting the most points in the team in 4 out of 5 games. Although he lost two games in a row in the middle, the match against KGC Ginseng Corporation was an away match and a close match that went to the 5th set, and Heungkuk Life Insurance had Kim Yeon-kyung, so it was like facing a team with two foreign players in effect. 토토

Hyundai E&C recently succeeded in turning the atmosphere around by winning two consecutive victories against IBK Industrial Bank. Hyundai E&C has a stable lineup of Yang Hyo-jin, Lee Da-hyun, Kim Yeon-gyeon, and Hwang Min-kyung, but it was also possible because Hwang Yeon-joo was in charge of scoring. Hwang Yeon-joo led the victory by scoring 17 points (attack success rate 44.12%) and 16 points (37.84%) respectively in the two games.

While Yasmin is expected to return around the 5th round, Hwang Yeon-joo is expected to start in all matches in the 4th round. Coach Kang Seong-hyeong expressed his belief in Hwang Yeon-joo, saying, “I am a player who has gone through all the pre-natal battles,” and “I show my skills unless there is a physical problem.” Regarding his stamina, Hwang Yeon-ju said, “I have to exert more strength than the players who played from the beginning of the season,” and “I can’t say that it is difficult just because I played for a while. It’s still fine,” he said.

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