“Was it awkward? I tried my best…” The atmosphere of the All-Star Game was different from the women’s, the men’s commander’s point of view
“It was a bit awkward.”
29th of last month. The V-League All-Star Game, decorated with a confrontation between the MZ generation, was literally a festival for volleyball fans.
Starting with ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung, she stepped out. While Kim Yeon-kyung directly encouraged her senior juniors to motivate her at the ceremony, she raised her mood by engaging in a war of nerves with Lee Da-hyun. Lee Da-hyeon, Kang So-hui, Kwon Min-ji, and Park Jung-a enjoyed the 먹튀검증 audience by pouring out painstakingly prepared dances whenever they had a chance.
Events continued during the game full of sense. Kim Hee-jin, who played with his injury, put on his teammate Santana, who was not selected as an All-Star after the start of the game, to substitute for him. The referees’ wonderful digs came out, and the fun of the players who broke into the referee’s seat and made a biased judgment was also outstanding. The performance of male players who broke into the women’s game, such as Leo, Ikbairi, and Jung Min-soo, was also impressive.
It was like that until the 1st and 2nd sets of the women’s game. The 3rd and 4th sets for men were quite different. Even after a successful attack, the male players did not perform any special ceremony. Foreign players and veteran Shin Young-seok tried to raise the atmosphere, but it was not easy. Rookie players also looked at the seniors rather than stepping out. Female players sortied one after another as line referees and referees, but the flow did not change. In the end, the ceremony award went to Shin Young-seok, a 37-year-old veteran.
The atmosphere of male and female volleyball fans watching this All-Star game is bound to be quite different. Unlike the women’s fans who ruminate on the All-Star Game by exchanging broadcast videos as well as various images of the players captured on the field, the men’s fans seemed to focus only on the upcoming 5th and 6th rounds. Some even raised an absurd conspiracy theory, saying, “As the women’s game got longer (due to the ceremony), there was a time limit for the men’s division.”
On the 1st, the first match of the 5th round of the Dodram 2022-2023 season between Hyundai Capital and OK Financial Group was held at the Cheonan Yu Gwan-sun Gymnasium.
Choi Tae-woong, coach of Hyundai Capital, took the Z-star baton at the All-Star Game, and Seok Jin-wook, coach of OK Financial Group, also watched the All-Star Game. It is impossible not to notice the subtle atmosphere at the All-Star Game and after the game.
Coach Choi, who we met prior to the game, laughed, saying, “It’s been a while since I played in an All-Star game, and it was a bit awkward.” He continued, “The players put in a lot of effort, but it looked a bit difficult. I hope they will work harder and repay the rest of the season with better games.”
For Hyundai Capital, 6 players including Seong-Min Moon, electrician Choi Min-Ho, Heo Soo-Bong, Kim Myeong-Kwan, and Park Kyung-Min participated in the All-Star Game. Director Choi added, “It must have been a time for the participating players to relieve their stress, and the rest of the players trained a lot.”
Only one Leo from OK Financial Group was selected as an All-Star. Coach Seok said, “As much as he had time off, he cared about the players’ recovery.”
Regarding the ceremony, he said, “I hope the players who are excited will do it naturally. It’s a bit hard to see what they do every time they score…” and said, “I hope it will be a stage where volleyball and excitement harmonize without awkwardness.”