The ‘Hongdae Duo’ that succeeds the ‘Seok-seok Duo’ is emerging in Korean Air.
One of the pride of Korean Air in men’s professional volleyball is the ‘Seok-seok duo’ Kwak Seung-seok (35) and Jung Ji-seok (28).스포츠토토
Even in the national team, the two players who have the ability to occupy the main outside heater are in charge of the left wing in Korean Air, so their performance is hardly shaken.
Korean Air finally launched the V-League in the 2017-2018 season as the ‘senior trio’, which included a player who debuted in the V-League in the 2007-2008 season and has kept Korean Air for 16 seasons, began operating in earnest. Won the V-League for the first time in a year.
From the 2020-2021 season to the 2022-2023 season, the dynasty was opened by achieving three consecutive championships.
Since the ‘Seok-Seok Duo’ has such a strong position, it is not easy for rookie outside hitters joining Korean Air to occupy a starting position. A representative case is Jun Lee (24) and Hanyong Jeong (22), a duo from the class of 2019 at Hongik University.
Lee Joon and Jeong Han-yong played an active role as a ‘one-two punch’ while studying at Hongik University, leading the college league championship in 2020 and 2021 and sweeping the best player award.
In the 2021-2022 rookie draft, in which both players participated early, Jeong Han-yong entered the pros wearing Korean Air uniforms side by side with Jung Han-yong ranked 3rd in the 1st round and Lee Jun ranked 7th in the 1st round. Korean Air had an additional first-round pick through a trade with Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance,
They were the two best performers on the college stage, but at Korean Air, they had to spend more time in the warm-up zone than on the court.
At the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Championship, which opened on the 14th (local time), head coach Tommy Tilikhainen cited the growth of promising players who will become future drivers as the goal to participate in the tournament. True to his promise, he appointed Lee Jun and Jeong Han-yong as the starting outside hitters in the first game of Group A, the match against Canberra Heat (Australia) on the 14th.
The combination play of the two players at the beginning of the first set was the highlight of the match. With a 4-1 lead in the first set, setter Yoo Kwang-woo saved the opponent’s attack, and Jeong Han-yong pretended to hit it with an attack right away, then connected it with a jump toss to Lee Jun, who was on the left flank. Lee Jun naturally jumped up and slammed the ball into the Canberra court as if he knew that Jeong Han-yong would toss him.
Thanks to the great performance of the two new outside heaters, Korean Air won the first set perfectly, 25-11, and seized the victory. The momentum of winning the first set continued in the second and third sets, ending the first game of the tournament with a set score of 3-0 (25-11 25-21 25-12).
Lee Jun and Jeong Han-yong played an active part in the offense and defense, protecting the court throughout the three sets. Lee Joon scored 12 points, including 1 block and 1 serve, the second most on the team after Lim Dong-hyuk (13 points). The attack success rate was 62.5%, and the efficiency was good. Jeong Han-yong’s attack success rate dropped slightly to 43% (6/14), but he scored 9 points, including 1 block and 2 serve points. In receiving, Lee Jun also received 13 opponent serves and raised 7 of them exactly above the setter’s head. Jeong Han-yong also received 11 and correctly connected 6 of them. Both players did not feel the vacancy of the ‘Seok-Seok Duo’ with an efficiency exceeding 50% even in receiving, which is the original mission of the outside heater.
Jun Lee replied, “I was excited and worried at the same time when I heard that I was a starting member before the game. Jeong Han-yong also attributed the victory to Yoo Kwang-woo (38), who played as the main setter for both players, saying, “I was worried, but (Yoo) Kwang-woo put the ball well, so it turned out well.”
Regarding the toss-attack combination play at the beginning of the first set, the two players replied, “It’s a part we practiced a lot.” Jeong Han-yong smiled shyly, saying, “Coach Tommy wants to do a lot of toss training not only for setters and liberos, but also for outside hitters. It’s the result of a lot of practice.” Lee Jun-do replied, “It is also possible to have a reverse scene where I upload it and (Jung) Han Yong-i hits it. I do a lot of toss training.”
Since we have been working together for two years in college, we could feel the synergistic effect on the court that day. When Lee Jun, who is two years old and one in the class, said, “Anyway, playing with (Jung) Han-yong on the court is the most comfortable and less burdensome,” Jeong Han-yong also said, “Since we’ve been running together since college, (Lee) Jun-hyung and While running, I remembered my old college days.”
Lee Jun and Jung Han-yong take a day off and start a sortie against Bahrain. Lee Joon said, “I heard that Bahrain is a good team. I want to play properly once.” Jeong Han-yong also said, “I heard that Yosubani is also in Bahrain. I want to play a winning match tomorrow like today.”