KB Insurance won a set score 3-0 (25-18 26-24 25-19) in the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League Men’s Round 4 match against Korean Air held at Uijeongbu Gymnasium on the 24th. They played a near-perfect game against the leader Korean Air and took a pleasant victory on the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday.
The main contributor to the victory was the foreign player Viyena. He scored 26 points in just three sets. His attack success rate was as high as 59%, and he showed off various abilities such as 2 points for sub ace and 1 point for blocking.
Viyena’s performance awakened domestic outside heaters as well. The Korean Air blocker line was lost due to Vijena, who flashed at every decisive moment. Thanks to this, Han Seong-jeong and Hwang Gyeong-min also contributed by sharing 10 points each.
Villena wore the KB Insurance uniform as a substitute player in December of last year. Nicola Mellagnac, an existing foreign player, was sluggish, so Hu In-jeong, coach of KB Insurance, chose him for his experience in the V-League.
Director Hu As expected, Villena is playing the role of a new engine for KB Insurance. After achieving the triple crown at the last Samsung Firefighting match, at the Korean Air match, she played a decisive role in catching a big fish by performing a bombing show against her parents. He scored 178 points in 7 games, averaging 25.4 points per game, and the average attack success rate was 55%, the highest among foreign players. 스포츠토토
In the 7 matches played after Villena joined, KB Insurance collected 12 points with 4 wins and 3 losses. Considering that he only scored 12 points before joining Villena, it is a remarkable change.
Vijena is a player with clear strengths and weaknesses. As for his foreign counterparts, his relatively short stature of 193 cm is his weak point, but his jumping power is overwhelming and his arms are long. Here, his volleyball sense is excellent. He is evaluated as a player who has good ability to see and hit blockers and also has good defensive skills. Aside from his height, he is a resource that other V-League coaches will be greedy for. Due to the domestic climate that values his size, he was turned away in the last draft, but he joined during the season and is proving his worth.
After the victory in the Korean Air War, coach Hu also said, “I have a jump compared to his height, and his arms are long. He has a high RBI and is a player who knows and plays volleyball. His technique is so good. His strength is that he handles difficult balls so well,” he praised Vijena. He continued, “I also think about what it would have been like if we had been together since the beginning of the season. Still, I made the choice. I just joined, but I want to play a good game for the rest of the season.”
KB Insurance is in 6th place with 24 points. It is 13 points behind 3rd place Woori Card and 4th place OK Financial Group (above 37 points). In fact, it is quite far from spring volleyball.
So what is more regrettable is the timing of Villena’s joining. An official from KB Insurance said, “I think the situation would have changed a lot if Viyena had come first, perhaps by a round or so. Keita, who was there before, was so tall and had a high share, so I was worried about the risk of Viyena’s short stature, but she is doing very well. It is true that it is difficult in reality, but I am still looking forward to a reversal in the second half.”
“I wanted to come back to the V-League. It is an attractive stage. I wanted to come if there was a chance, but it was nice to join. As soon as I came to Korea, I focused on adapting to the team. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity. I want to do my best for this team. I want to bring more victories” and talked about her determination.