Reporter Kim Joo-hee = Men’s professional volleyball KB Insurance is not able to catch a rebound point.
KB Insurance lost a set score of 1-3 in the match against OK Financial Group held at Sangnoksu Gymnasium in Ansan on the 17th and fell into a two-game losing streak.
While the standings are still in 6th place (6 wins, 15 losses, 18 points), the dream of a mid-table leap seems to be getting farther and farther away. It is 8 points behind 5th place KEPCO (8 wins, 13 losses, 26 points). Rather, 7th place Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (5 wins, 17 losses, 17 points) is much closer.
It is not easy to accumulate multipliers even after substitute foreign player Viyena joined.
KB Insurance joined hands with Villena last month when Nicola, who was recruited before the start of the 2022-2023 season, fell into deep slump. Villena is an experienced V-League who played for Korean Air in the 2019-2020 season.
However, KB Insurance has only 2 wins and 4 losses in 6 games since Viyena joined.
Viyena raised expectations by scoring 33 points against Korea Electric Power Corporation on the 27th of last month, her V-League return match and her first match wearing a KB Insurance uniform. The unfortunate thing is that Viyena, who is short and apogee, is often blocked by opponent blockers.
In the match against Hyundai Capital on the 12th, Villena attempted 44 attacks and succeeded 19 times, but was blocked by the opponent’s blocking 9 times. At the time, he also suffered a thigh injury while trying to surpass Hyundai Capital’s blocking.
Hu In-jeong, director of KB Insurance, explained, “It seems that Viyena applied more force to break through (height). I tried to jump more, so it was too much.”
Viyena eventually missed the match against OK Financial Group on the 17th, and the team lost again. Coach Hu commented after the game, “Since there are no foreign players, I think I’m inferior to the opponent in terms of decision-making.”
Looking back on the previous season, when foreign players were at the forefront, the bitter taste is felt even stronger.
KB Insurance did not worry about outsiders thanks to Keita in the 2020-2021 season and the 2021-2022 season. Keita, who was called the ‘Mali Express’, led KB Insurance to a runner-up finish, the club’s highest ever record, last season. Last season’s regular league MVP was definitely Keita.
The first season after Keita’s departure has already turned the halfway point, but KB Insurance is still unable to escape its shadow. 온라인바카라
Fortunately, Vijena’s injury was not serious. After taking a break for about a week, Viyena is scheduled to return at the Samsung Firefighting on the 21st.
It is a game that can never be given away as it is a match for 6th and 7th places with a difference of 1 point.