All-star players selected from 14 men’s and women’s clubs enjoyed the festival at the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League All-Star Game held at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 29th.
OK Financial Group Leo was selected as the best player in the men’s division, and ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance) was selected in the women’s division.
The two MVPs spoke out in interviews after the event.
Leo, who entered the interview room with an interpreter, immediately understood the word ‘Spike Serve Contest’ from the reporters, and exclaimed, “I-ssi,” drawing laughter.
On this day, Leo unfortunately finished second in the Spike Serve Contest. Leo ranks first in serving success per set (0.91) in the regular league. However, the serve that Leo hit was only 108km, and he finished second behind Ikbairi (Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance) who recorded 117km.
Leo was full of regret more than ever. “I really wanted to win,” he said. These days, the condition and the feel of the serve were good.”
It had its own reasons. Leo explained, 안전놀이터 “I had to do weight training before starting the second half of the season, but as I focused on that, there was a part where my body was heavy.”
On this day, Leo was put into the women’s game and threw a serve. He joked, “I hit him so hard, but I was surprised that the women’s players received it so well.”
As the Korea Volleyball Federation divides teams by age, Kim Yeon-kyung participated in this All-Star Game as an M-star (player born before 1996) composed of senior players.
On this day, he saw Lee Da-hyun (Hyundai Construction) of Z Star, who actively danced, and imitated him with a disapproving expression.
Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I didn’t like Lee Da-hyun’s expression when she danced. He danced with an expression that said, ‘He is the best in the world, he is cool’, so I thought he looked a bit unlucky,” he said, making the audience laugh.
After the event, he even asked why he was doing that. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “They say that you have to raise your self-esteem while making such a cool expression to perform well,” but “Anyway, it was nasty. It was fun,” he said.
During the match, he booed the Z-Star Team’s celebration, but eventually had to concede. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “In terms of the ceremony, the Z-Star team was ahead.” The Z-Star teams did too well in the second set. When the camera came in, the players danced or something changed. I don’t know where I learned it, but the Z-star players performed better.”
The MVP of the All-Star Game is good, but Leo and Kim Yeon-kyung wanted something more. All of them expressed their desire to win the championship with their mouths.
Leo said, “I gained a lot in Korea,” but “After retirement, when I looked back, I thought what I needed the most, but I think I was missing a championship cup. Most importantly, I want to lift the trophy before I retire in Korea. It won’t be easy, but I will prepare well and prepare to achieve the goal I want.”
Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I was embarrassed to be the MVP of the All-Star Game. I thought that it would have been better if I had received the regular league MVP or what I could have received because of my good performance in terms of skills.” I wish I could finish it with,” he expressed his wish.