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Korean Air-Hyundai Capital, meeting in the championship after 4 years, heat up the box office

Men’s volleyball Hyundai Capital coach Choi Tae-woong emphasized several times ahead of the opening of the 2022-2023 season, “Now we have to show the results of the fans’ long wait.” It was his cold-hearted reflection as he received the worst report card since the founding of 6th and 7th out of 7 clubs in the previous two seasons.

Hyundai Capital, which has passed through a time of trial, has fired a flare for the revival of a prestigious family. After finishing second in the regular league, he reached the championship match in four years.

Hyundai Capital defeated KEPCO in the 3rd game of the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League Postseason Playoffs (PO, 3 matches, 2 wins), which ended at Yu Gwan-soon Gymnasium in Cheonan on the 28th, and confirmed advancing to the championship match.

The opponent of Hyundai Capital, who is trying to win the 5th championship match in his career, is Korean Air, who is ranked 1st in the regular league. The two teams have been fiercely competing for the top spot in the V-League since the collapse of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in the mid-2010s. Korean Air-Hyundai Capital has experience facing the championship match for three consecutive seasons from the 2016-2017 season. Every time, there were mixed joys and sorrows in the regular league and the championship game. In the 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 seasons, when Korean Air won the regular league, Hyundai Capital lifted the championship trophy. In the 2017-2018 season, when Hyundai Capital became the regular league champion, it was Korean Air that prevented the combined championship.

It is Hyundai Capital that surpassed Korean Air in second place in the regular league four years ago, but this time it faces a more difficult challenge. Hyundai Capital beat Korean Air in detailed records such as attack success rate (46.49%-53.29%), blocking (2.00-2.68 per set), sub-ace (0.91-1.64 per set), and dig (9.45-10.55 per set). pushed a lot Out of 6 matches, they only won 1 win (5 losses).

Korean Air is a power that is hard to find gaps. In order to coordinate the game of the best active setter player, wing striker Lincoln Williams, Jeong Ji-seok, and middle blocker Kim Kyu-min have a good air defense structure. Lim Dong-hyuk and Jeong Han-yong, who can fill the vacancy of Lincoln, the league’s top apositive spiker, and Kwak Seung-seok, are holding out.

Hyundai Capital is not burdened with physical strength in the schedule to start the championship match after a two-day break. It is also unclear whether Jeon Kwang-in, the main gun who injured his ankle at the end of the regular season, will play. Coach Tae-Woong Choi said, “We couldn’t win the come-from-behind championship in the regular league메이저사이트. He expressed his determination, saying, “I will risk my pride and win the championship in a come-from-behind match.”

Korean Air is challenging to win the championship for the third consecutive year and the fourth in history. If Korean Air wins the championship match, it will achieve the second treble (cup competition, championship match, regular league championship) in the men’s division after Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in the 2009-2010 season.

As a big match is concluded in the championship match, expectations for box office success are also growing. Men’s volleyball, which had been struggling to mobilize spectators due to the popularity of women’s volleyball for a while, is getting hotter with the advent of ‘spring volleyball’. This season, men’s volleyball mobilized an average of 1,550 spectators (195,281 cumulative 126 games) per game in the regular league. However, in the postseason, the average number of players per game increased significantly to 2,851 (11,403 accumulated in 4 games). This is a figure that exceeds the average of 2,500 in the women’s season (314,939 accumulated in 126 games). On the 5th, the match between the two teams in the 6th round, which competed for the championship in the regular league, attracted attention as a ‘preview championship match’ and was visited by a full crowd (2142 people).

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