Third-year setter Jeong Jin-hyeok growing up after watching veterans Han Seon-su and Yoo Kwang-woo
One of the strengths of Korean Air, which has built a ‘dynasty’ by winning the V-League for the last three consecutive seasons, is its experienced setter. Born in 1985, Han Seon-su and Yoo Kwang-woo are the best in Korea. It is close to picking stars in the sky for a rookie to get a chance to compete in their niche.
Korean Air setter Jeong Jin-hyeok (23) has spent his last two seasons in complete obscurity. While attending Hongik University, he wore a Korean Air uniform as the 3rd pick in the 3rd round of the 2021-2022 season rookie draft, but only played 6 sets in 4 games, including 4 sets in 3 games in the 2021-2022 season and 2 sets in 1 game in the 2022-2023 season. That’s why the seniors’ wall was high.
Jin-Hyuk Jeong has grown his presence as a starter at the ‘2023 Asian Volleyball Club Championship’, which is taking place in Manama, Bahrain.
Korean Air’s main setter, Han, accompanied the team, but was excluded from the entry for knee rehabilitation training. Kwang-Woo Yoo took part in the 3 matches of the group stage of the preliminaries and the first match of the group stage of the quarterfinals against Suntory Sunbirds (Japan). The opportunity came to Jeong Jin-hyeok on the 19th (local time), when the advance to the quarterfinals was frustrated, and the last match of the quarterfinal league against Bayanghongor (Mongolia). As a starter for the first time in this tournament, he contributed to the set score 3-1 victory. He showed a variety of game management using the left and right sides of the court and the center. In the 5th and 6th place match against Sporting Club (Kuwait) held on the 20th, he also played the role of a field commander as a starter. Although they lost by a set score of 1-3, it was a close match that kept them sweating until the end.
Jeong Jin-hyeok met with the reporters after the match against Bayanghongor and said, “It was a good experience to feel the responsibility of leading the game. He said, “It was a satisfying game,” and he said, “It was good to be able to play as much as I wanted to, and to be able to do what I matched during practice in real life.”안전놀이터
In the V-League, warm-up zones are more familiar than inside the court. Regarding this, Jeong Jin-hyeok emphasized, “(Watching the seniors’ games) I study how to run the game as a setter leading a team.” Then, he expressed his gratitude, saying, “The two seniors usually give me a lot of advice about the blocking position of the opponent, things that are switched, and game management.”
Jeong Jin-hyeok has been working closely with outside hitters (left) Lee Joon and Jeong Han-yong since their days at Hongik University. He said, “Even after he joined the professional team, we worked together a lot during practice, but it was almost the first time we worked together full-time in a real game, so it reminded me of my college days.”