Montaño did as much as he could… Hyundai E&C left only ‘confused’ winds

On the 23rd, Korea Expressway Corporation beat Hyundai E&C with a set score of 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-15, 25 -17) and won 1 win first.

PO will be played in a best-of-three system. 먹튀검증If the Korea Expressway Corporation, which won one win first, wins the second round of the PO held in Gimcheon on the 26th, it will go directly to the championship. Conversely, if the winners of the 1st and 2nd games are different, they will return to Suwon to play the 3rd game.

Hyundai E&C is playing spring volleyball in 5 seasons. Attention was focused on Hyundai Engineering & Construction’s entry into the postseason, which was particularly difficult, from the beginning of this season.

In the 2019-20 season and the 2021-22 season, the team took first place in the regular league, but was prevented from playing spring volleyball twice due to the barrier of Corona 19. In the 2020-21 season, I couldn’t come out because I was in 6th place. After these eventful days, we finally had the playoffs like the first time. 

In particular, setter Kim Da-in, striker Jeong Ji-yoon, and middle blocker Lee Da-hyun are all players who are really starting their first spring volleyball. Although they desperately ran after seeing only March, Hyundai E&C began to falter before entering the postseason. 

The departure of Yasmin, who has strongly led Hyundai E&C to be No. 1, is the most painful. Yasmin last came off the court in December last year against Pepper Savings Bank. The reason is a herniated disc. And he never came back. 

Hyundai E&C replaced Hwang Yeon-joo and waited for Yasmin’s return without a promise. However, Yasmin, who could not even warm up due to his back condition, ended up canceling his contract and leaving Suwon. Afterwards, Hyundai Engineering & Construction gradually lost a losing streak, and finally fell to second place behind Heungkuk Life Insurance. 

As a substitute, Yvone Montaño from Colombia came in. However, he was put in from the end of the season and breathing was not right. The open attack did not work well, and the rearguard had to be set to some extent to demonstrate its power. His defensive power was also lacking, so it was difficult to expect a great report card. Serve hitting that shakes the opponent’s receive was even more difficult to find. Because the breathing is not right, reliability has decreased and the market share has naturally decreased. The firepower of Hyundai E&C’s wings cooled rapidly.

To make matters worse, Libero Kim Yeon-gyeon left the team for a while due to an ankle injury and returned, and the defensive power has been lowered. At the time of his departure, Kim Yeon-gyeon’s gap was too great. Go Ye-rim and Hwang Min-kyung, who must support receiving, are also not in 100% condition due to injuries.

In the first round of the PO, Yang Hyo-jin, Lee Da-hyun, and midfielders were in dire need of resolution. Expectations also gathered for Jung Ji-yoon, but the risk of targeting was heavy. I didn’t have high expectations for Montaño. 

However, when I opened the lid, the result was different. Yang Hyo-jin collapsed in both offense and defense, scoring only 8 points (attack success rate 38.5%). Except for Montaño, who led the team tightly with 20 points (33.33% success rate), all domestic players stopped at the highest score of 8 points.

In the middle of the set, Hwang Yeon-joo was rushed in as a firefighter. However, she failed to change the mood. Her room was flooded countless times, and her receive line was tangled up, showing only her flustered appearance. 

Go Ye-rim, after her replacement, entered her warm-up zone and lay down on her pole, clearly showing exhaustion. 

Montaño continued to attack and hit the opponent’s block. However, the number of touchout runs was small. Rather, there were more mistakes. However, it should be taken into account that the toss was short and low, so the strikers could not hit in front of the net and collapsed with a miss, or had no choice but to hit the block.

As a result, Montaño tried to do as much as he could, but it didn’t work out. After the match, head coach Kang Seong-hyeong said, “Please help Montaño come back to life.” He also said, “He has played in big leagues such as Switzerland, but he is confused.” But it wasn’t just Montaño who was bewildered on this day. In addition, even in that bewildering situation, he was responsible for scoring double digits alone. 

There is only one day left. Awakening Yang Hyo-jin’s senses in just one day became a homework task. Of course, how to bring it out now is also a question mark.

As if hoping for a miracle, only a vague wish remained. The road was not easy. Can you overcome all these hurdles and win a dramatic head-to-head victory? 

On the other hand, the second round of PO, where the luck of the championship ticket depends, will be held on the 26th at the Gimcheon Indoor Gymnasium, the home stadium of Korea Expressway Corporation.  

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