Expect a Commander’s Storm…’Mega-Jia’s’ strongest one-two punch, plus Lee So-Young, is coming.
The V-League’s strongest one-two punch has arrived.
The Jungkwanjang Red Sparks, coached by Ko Hee-jin, got off to a fresh start with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-23) set victory over IBK IBK in the first round of the Dodram 2023-24 V-League Women’s Division at Chungmu Gymnasium in Daejeon on Sunday.
The match featured the V-League debuts of both teams’ foreign and Asian quota players. IBK’s Brittany Abercrombie (registered name Abercrombie) and setter Fonfun Gedfard (registered name Fonfun) also made impressive performances, but they were overshadowed by the other players.
Jungkwanjang’s foreign players Giovanna Milana (registered name Gina) and Asian quarter Megawatti Pertiwi (registered name Mega) made a strong impression in their V-League debuts. They couldn’t have asked for a better debut.
Mega had a team-high 21 points (2 serves, 1 block) on 47% attack percentage, while Gia had 18 points (1 serve) on 41% attack percentage. Mega was particularly strong in the second set, scoring 12 points.
Their performances were highly anticipated even before the league started. Other team coaches who watched the pre-season scrimmages were impressed by Mega and Jia’s offensive prowess. Kim Ho-cheol, the head coach of IBK, said before the game, “In the case of Jung Kwan-jang, the offense has improved a lot. Mega and Jia’s offense is good. The offense of (Jung) Ho-young and (Park) Eun-jin is also good. They were the favorite to win the championship, but I think they have good members, and I appreciate them.”
Not relying on one player While Mega had 12 points and a 52 percent attack percentage in the second set, Jia rallied the team from a 2-7 deficit in the third set with a series of tiebreaking points.
“Everyone did a good job,” said Reds coach Kim Ho-cheol after the match.
“The two foreign players had a tough offseason, and they said they hadn’t had any training. They have to go through such intense training to overcome the tight schedule of the V-League.” “They have good character and follow me well. As a coach, I want to say thank you, and we have a lot more to show.”
Mega has experience in various Asian leagues, including his native Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. She also has experience as a serve king in the Indonesian league. Gina hails from the United States and is described as fast, strong, and reliable in reception.토토사이트
After missing out on spring volleyball last season by one point, Jung is looking up. The roster is far from complete. They are missing their ace and main gun, Lee So-young. Lee underwent offseason shoulder surgery and is rehabbing with the goal of returning in the first half of the season. She has started light ball and defense training.
Coach Ko Hee-jin said, “The recovery speed is fast, but the player must be convinced that he is okay. I’ve had a lot of surgeries myself, but it’s hard for the player and the club if the player is not okay. I will wait until he comes back in good condition.”
Park Hye-min and Lee Sun-woo are joined by national middle blockers Jung Ho-young and Park Eun-jin. It’s a scary lineup.
They didn’t go to spring volleyball last season because they won one point. They’ve only played one match, but it’s clear they’re a scary team.