“I’m getting older, so my physical strength is a problem, but my joints are bad. Yasmin, come quickly!”
1st in team attack share (27.7%), 1st in scoring (20 points). Front (14) and back (3), blocking (3), dig second (14).
37 years old this year, his debut was in 2004. Complaining about ‘bad joints’ doesn’t sound like a joke. However, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Hwang Yeon-joo’s body was as light as in his heyday.
Hyundai E&C won the Dodram 2022-2023 season against KGC Ginseng Corporation held at Suwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 14th with a set score of 3 to 1. Hwang Yeon-joo’s outstanding performance in karate and defense shone.
Hyundai E&C shook with two consecutive losses after a 15-game winning streak ended. Even coach Kang Seong-hyeong said, “I think I’ll be satisfied if I add 2-3 wins in the 4th round. I’ll try my best to hold on until Yasmin comes in the 5th round.”
However, with the victory on this day, it is another 5 consecutive wins after 2 losses in a row. Despite struggling against the challenges of other teams, the voyage without defeat continues.
With foreign player Yasmin unable to participate since the 3rd round road construction match (December 22nd) due to a herniated disc, Hwang Yeon-joo was forced to enter his prime. The 20 points is the second most points this season following the Ginseng Corporation match on the 25th of last month (23 points).
Hwang Yeon-joo, whom I met after the game, said, “I’m running with the thought of filling Yasmin’s place rather than doing well. People’s expectations are getting higher and higher, so the burden is getting bigger.”
The vertical jump, which was not suitable for his age, stood out. There were also two angle shots that stuck inside the attack line, which only foreign players would show.
Hwang Yeon-joo laughed, saying, “As analyzed during the meeting, I hit an empty spot. Once it works, I keep hitting it until I get caught. It worked really well today.”
It was a situation that was completely unexpected before the season. Regarding Coach Kang Seong-hyung’s comment, “I wonder what he eats,” he expressed pride as a professional, saying, “If you can train, you can play.
Regarding the sluggish performance of Heungkuk Life Insurance earlier, “Kim Yeon-kyung’s blocking is so high, he knows me well, and there were many situations where I had to hit a rough ball that was more difficult to defend than a set ball. You have to hit it so that the setter can take it to the other side where blocking is low,” he said, strengthening his will.
On this day, Yasmin visited the site after a long time and enthusiastically cheered on her colleagues. It was an armed demonstration by Hyundai E&C. Hwang Yeon-joo revealed her true feelings as a veteran, saying, “How hard my heart must be. It hurts, but I will want to run. I’m still a young player, so I’ll have to hold on on the court and talk to her메이저놀이터.”
Compared to young players like Kim Da-in (25) and Jung Ji-yoon (22), he is more than the same age. Hwang Yeon-joo said, “The players on our team don’t seem to be from the MZ generation. They have a corner like a grandmother. Sometimes they’re more like an older sister than me.” .A striker has to experience and feel for himself after all. He did not forget to praise, “Today’s attack went well thanks to Kim Da-in, who raised the ball well.”
“It’s been so long since I haven’t played that I’ve forgotten about it. Of course, it’s good, but I want Yasmin to come sooner than record. I want to finish (regular season) easily and even win. I want to be a helper rather than a leading role. Yasmin, come quickly!”