Heungkuk Life to re-challenge for unified championship…Abondanza says “Kim Yeon-kyung, Kim Soo-ji experienced players will be a big help”

Heungkuk Life head coach Marcello Abodanza expects two veteran players, Kim Yeon-kyung and Kim Soo-ji, to lead the team in the new season.

Abondanza spoke to reporters ahead of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Women’s Media Day at the Rivera Hotel in Cheongdam on Wednesday about how the team has prepared for the new season. Abondanza is looking forward to the effectiveness of Kim Soo-ji’s signing and has a lot of faith in Kim Yeon-kyung.

Heungkuk Life completed its departure ceremony at its home stadium, Incheon Samsan Gymnasium, on the 9th. Heungkuk Life will play its first game of the 2023-2024 season away from home against Korea Expressway Corporation at Gimcheon Gymnasium on April 14. The two teams will play a return match in the season opener, about six months after last season’s championship game. Below is a one-on-one interview with Coach Abondanza.

  • How well did you plan for the new season?

We trained a lot during the off-season, we prepared a lot and our understanding improved a lot. I think the players have grown a lot and will be able to show an improved level of volleyball.

  • The goal is to win the overall title. Are you confident?

If you look at the players, some are confident and some are not. The setters are still young. But I want to see them grow, that’s the goal 스포츠토토.

  • What are you looking forward to compared to last season?

I think the mentality will be important. Last season, if you look back at the end, we didn’t even win a set with a three- or four-point lead. The mental part, how to handle the pressure, will be important. Technically, I want to grow in my blocking. I also want to grow in my offense in terms of solving and processing.

  • How does Kim manage her physical condition?

Kim may need time to find her rhythm. But she is a player with a level.

  • What are your expectations for Kim Soo-ji.

Kim Soo-ji, when she came to the team, she had surgery and started in a difficult environment. Even now, she’s not at 100 percent. I think it’s important for her to find her best form. Having experienced and tall players like Kim Yeon-kyung and Kim Soo-ji will help us a lot. It will be important for them to be at their best at key moments.

  • What do you want from your setter?

I trained a lot during the off-season. I’ve grown. I hope we can show a lot after the season starts.

  • Heungkuk Life What kind of volleyball will you play?

My goal is to play general volleyball, defense and offense. I want to show that we play good volleyball overall.

  • We want to win the overall title.

Of course, to go to the final.

  • Teams to watch out for.

Pepper Savings Bank and Kookmin Bank both seem to have made good reinforcements. There are also teams that showed their strength last season. With the introduction of the Asian quota system, it’s going to be an interesting season.

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