“Lack of preparation for players, need to compete even by increasing foreigners”…Problematic 女 volleyball? “Bitter” by a determined Avonja

January 13, 2024 | by

“We need to raise the level through competition.”

Coach Marcello Avondan made a determined voice toward the team ahead of the 2023-2024 Dodram V-League Women’s 4th round home showdown with the Korea Expressway Corporation at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 12th.

Heungkuk Life had a very strong start this season. Heungkuk Life got off to a flying start with five wins and one loss, winning a shutout against the Korea Expressway Corporation in its first game of the season. The only regret was that despite the record of five wins and one loss, he did not accumulate enough points by playing two games until the fifth set. However, this was not a major obstacle for Heungkuk Life.

Heungkuk Life Insurance fell to Chung Kwan-kwan after winning three straight games in the opening round, but it defeated IBK Industrial Bank, IBK Industrial Bank, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, GS Caltex, Chung Kwan-kwan, Korea Expressway Corporation, Pepper Savings Bank and Pepper Savings Bank starting with the game against GS Caltex on Oct. 31 last year. Heungkuk Life Insurance remained in second place in the second round as it played three five-set matches, but clearly, the mood was at its peak. It was in the third round that Heungkuk Life Insurance began to collapse.

Heungkuk Life Insurance won nine consecutive games by defeating Pepper Savings Bank, the first game of the third round, and then was held back by GS Caltex, and the good trend collapsed. Since then, he has harvested a victory against IBK Industrial Bank after a close five-set battle, but his performance began to decline little by little as he knelt down to Korea Expressway Corporation and Hyundai Engineering & Construction in succession. In particular, Heungkuk Life lost to Hyundai Engineering & Construction in the fourth round, and began to be pushed out of the lead competition little by little.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, Heungkuk Life Insurance had 17 wins and five losses, the same as Hyundai Engineering & Construction. However, the gap between the two teams is quite wide, with five points. The team has been hampered by a number of close games ranging from one to two rounds to five sets, and its lackluster performance in the third round. Of course, everything has to be unlocked, but if the current trend continues, chances are high that Hyundai Engineering & Construction will finish the regular season as the No. 1 player.

Prior to the game, Avon Danja said, “There is a five-point gap despite the same win and loss as Hyundai Engineering & Construction. What areas need to be supplemented?” In response, the head coach said, “I only speak volleyball, but I hope there are many solutions in attack. And the most important and problematic thing is concentration,” adding, “When playing relay, there is a big up and down during the set. I hope this part can be caught better.”

What does “lack of concentration” mean? “Basically, mental strength and tension seem to be different. Of course, it’s great to win. However, it doesn’t seem like a big deal when you lose a game. In the case of foreign leagues, the team could move to the secondary league, he said. “As such stress builds up, mental tension is maintained, and based on that, mental strength is strengthened. I hope players can learn more,” he said.

“Tension has a lot of positive aspects. If you manage it well and control it, it works very positively. However, it seems that it is impossible to systematically maintain intensity not only in preparing for the game, but also in creating the results and situations,” Avondanja continued. “Of course, all the players want to win. However, it is not just about ‘winning in the game,’ but I think we really lack a lot of preparation and starting steps to win.”

Rather than trying to develop and grow further, players are settling for reality and the present. Heungkuk Life Insurance is not the only problem. This can lead to the entire volleyball community. Korean women’s volleyball, in particular, was competitive enough to achieve the semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics. However, after the Tokyo Olympics, major players including Kim Yeon-koung and Yang Hyo-jin announced their retirement from the national team, resulting in a generational shift that has hit rock bottom in Korean women’s volleyball. On the other hand, players’ prices are soaring every year.

Then, what changes are needed for the players to become unsatisfied with the present and to improve themselves? The head coach pointed to “competition.” It is necessary to introduce a system in which more players can compete. For example, increasing the number of foreign players. It is true that this would reduce the standing room for Korean native players, but efforts to win through competition and become the main players could be doubled.

“As far as I know, players have six-year FA contracts, but this period should be shortened. They should be given the opportunity to renew their contracts every year,” manager Avondanja said. “In Korea and Japan, the number of foreign players is small worldwide. Other leagues have three to four foreign players. Such a market should grow bigger.” In the end, if domestic players alone cannot compete, external factors should be introduced. 라바카지노주소

“We need to strengthen the strength of players so that they can grow physically and technically as well as mentally,” Avon Danja said. “This is not just a sport. We need to raise our level through competition in any field.”

Heungkuk Life Insurance gained three points by beating Korea Expressway Corporation on Wednesday, narrowing the gap with Hyundai E&C by two points. However, Heungkuk Life Insurance seemed to lose concentration in the beginning of the game just like the previous game against Pepper Savings Bank. “Today was the same as the Pepper game. I lost in the first set because I couldn’t concentrate well, and I won the second set with difficulty. And I finished the third to fourth sets with ease, and I think I need to keep my mental part in the right direction,” the coach said.


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