Korean Air Mired in Three Consecutive Losses for the First Time in the Season

Korean Air coach Tommy Tilikainen could not hide his disappointment with his players’ play.

Korean Air lost with a set score of 1-3 (25-23 29-31 22-25 22-25) in a match against KB Insurance in the third round of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Men’s Division held at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon on the 10th. 

Korean Air, which failed to add points, was unable to close the gap with leader Woori Card (11 wins, 3 losses, 30 points) with a season record of 8 wins and 6 losses (25 points).

Jeong Han-yong contributed with 11 po ints, and Kim Gyu-min and Kwak Seung-seok added 7 points each.  토토사이트

In addition, 3rd place KEPCO (8 wins, 6 losses, 24 points) is following closely, and 4th place Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (9 wins, 5 losses, 23 points) and 5th place OK Financial Group (8 wins, 7 losses, 22 points) are also leaping to the top ranks. Aim for Korean Air is in second place and the red light is on.

Lincoln Williams (registered name Lincoln), who injured his back during training, was unable to play for two consecutive games, and Lim Dong-hyuk, who played the role of ‘ace’, scored 42 points alone. The attack success rate also reached 66.1%.

Jeong Han-yong contributed with 11 po ints, and Kim Gyu-min and Kwak Seung-seok added 7 points each. 

However, he lost concentration after the second set, making 33 errors, and bowed to KB Insurance.

Even until the beginning of the game, the players’ concentration was outstanding. 

Korean Air maintained its lead despite the opponent’s persistent pursuit, and succeeded in taking the lead by ending the first set with a score of 25-23. Lim Dong-hyuk, who wanted to minimize Lincoln’s absence, was responsible for 11 points alone.

The problem came after that. Korean Air, which lost after six deuces in the second set, allowed points in the third set, 21-21, due to consecutive errors by Mark Espejo (registered name Espejo) and player Han. 

Even Lim Dong-hyuk touched the net during the attack and swallowed his disappointment, eventually losing the third set.

The atmosphere did not change in the fourth set. At 22-22, Korean Air was in danger due to Jeong Ji-seok’s error following Andres Villena’s (registered name Villena) back attack, and the game ended as Jeong Ji-seok’s quick open was blocked by Korean blocking.

Director Tilikainen, who entered the interview room, opened his mouth before the reporters could ask questions. He said, “I congratulate KB Insurance (who won).

There were so many opportunities today, but I couldn’t take any of them. It’s obvious that I don’t deserve to win,” and added, “There’s nothing special to say. You only win if you seize the opportunity.” .

Korean Air, which recorded four consecutive losses last season, including against KB Insurance on January 24th, against Korea Electric Power Corporation on February 2nd, against Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance on February 7th, and against Hyundai Capital on February 10th, lost three times in a row for the first time this season. fell in However, Coach Tilkainen said, “There is no need to talk about winning or losing.

That is the second thing. The first thing is that we have to play well,” adding, “We have to score points and block.

We have to have excellent defense as well. There is nothing more to talk about.” He said with strength.

I didn’t forget to mention Lim Dong-hyuk. Coach Tilkainen expressed regret, saying, “Donghyuk Lim played very well and fought hard.

As I said before the game, there will be no change in training methods just because we lost. In fact, we lost (every set) by 2-3 points, right?”

The head coach believes that Jeong Ji-seok, who appeared as a substitute in two consecutive games, needs more time.

 Coach Tilkainen emphasized, “It is a stage of creating the rhythm of the game rather than how much (the sense of the game) has improved,” and added, “

We need to maintain the sense and rhythm of the game by gradually entering the game.”

After resting for two days, Korean Air will attempt to break its three-game losing streak in an away game against Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) on the 13th.

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