Men’s professional volleyball ‘living legend’ Park Cheol-woo (38, KEPCO) took on a new challenge.
In the 5th round home game against Hyundai Capital in the 2022-23 Dodram V League men’s division held at Suwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 5th, Park Cheol-woo stepped out as a middle blocker, not the main position apogee spiker. Instead of preparing for an open attack from the front, he tried to make a fast attack by sticking to the setter and actively involved in blocking.
Park Cheol-woo, who debuted in 2005, is a leading striker in the history of the V-League. He holds the top spot in the men’s career scoring (6566 points) and sub aces (351) categories. However, Park Chul-woo’s playing time this season has been greatly reduced. He was pushed back by ‘domestic ace’ Seo Jae-deok, who turned from an outside hitter to an apogee spiker. Late 30’s already. It was no wonder that his skills were deteriorating.
KEPCO coach Kwon Young-min tried to increase the blocking wall by using Park Chul-woo’s height (2m). He had a meeting with Park Cheol-woo and suggested changing his position to a middle blocker. Park Cheol-woo readily accepted this, and for the past two weeks, he has been training in his spare time. On the 5th, he performed his first real mission against Hyundai Capital.
In the 4th set, 1-2, Park Cheol-woo combined a fast attack with setter Ha Seung-woo, but was blocked by Choi Min-ho of Hyundai Capital. He made a quick break once again in the second half of the fourth set, leading 21-17, but was blocked by the opponent’s blocker. There was no goal by Park Chul-woo that day.
Head coach Kwon Young-min said, “I think I need more fast-breaking training. Still, I followed (the opponent’s striker) well in blocking. I am grateful for taking on a different task for the team. I will get better in the future.”
KEPCO striker Seo Jae-deok also said먹튀검증, “If Thais’ receiving is shaken, I will participate more actively in receiving, and (Park) Cheol-woo hyung can attack from his original position (opposite spiker). The appearance of a senior trying to help the team seems to have a good influence on the entire team.”
Han Song-i (39, KGC Ginseng Corporation), a veteran of the women’s division, is also playing multiple positions recently. At the Korea Expressway Corporation Exhibition held on the 31st of last month, he alternated between outside heater and middle blocker duties, going back and forth from the side and center.
KGC Ginseng Corporation had a lot of trouble with a place for an outside heater this season. When Park Hye-min, Lee Seon-woo, and Go Eui-jeong were put in, the receive was shaken, and when Chae Seon-ah, who had good defense power, came out, he struggled in the fight for air supremacy due to the lowered blocking height.
Director Ko Hee-jin eventually put Han Song-i in this position. Han Song-i, who turned into a middle blocker in the 2019-20 season, was an outside hitter in the past. He was a key player in the 2012 London Olympics and was the top scorer (692 points) in the V-League in the 2007-08 season.
Han Songi’s side attack is still sharp. He does a good job of blocking as well as serving and receiving. Director Ko Hee-jin also eased her worries.
KGC Ginseng Corporation is reorganizing its team with young middle blockers Jung Ho-young and Park Eun-jin at the center. The playing time of Hansong-i, who has the same position as the two players, also decreased compared to last season. As he is a veteran, physical strength management was also done.
However, starting from the 5th round, Han Songi’s mission increased by one more. The team is currently competing fiercely to advance to the postseason (PS). Veteran Han Song-i, who is in his 19th season since the first year of the V-League (2005), is still busy.