‘Field Marshal and Captain’ Kim Tae-won snaps losing streak “to even greater heights”

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‘Field commander and captain’ Kim Tae-won snaps losing streak “to higher heights in the future” [U-League]
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Kim Tae-won broke the team’s losing streak as the starting setter.

Sungkyunkwan University won its qualifying match against Hanyang University in the 2023 KUSF University Volleyball U-League with a set score of 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 17-25, 15-12) at Sungkyunkwan University Gymnasium in Suwon on 25 May.

Prior to the match, Sungkyunkwan University found itself in an unfamiliar position in the leaderboard at No. 8 (1-3, 5-1). They were also in a losing streak after winning their first match in the league.

The bad news came in the form of a must-win match. Eddie (3rd, OH, 199cm) had to sit out for a while due to visa issues, and Bae (4th, MB, 198cm) suffered an ankle injury the day before the game.

Despite not having a perfect line-up, captain and starting setter Kim Tae-won (4th, S, 188cm) led the team to victory. She was desperate to end the losing streak.

After the game, Kim said, “It was so hard during the losing streak. I think we weren’t as eager as others. We had a meeting the night before and told ourselves to be more eager to end the losing streak, and we were lucky to win.”

After Kyung Hee University, Sungkyunkwan University had to play back-to-back five-set matches against Hanyang University. There were times when the players’ 스포츠토토concentration was distracted during the match, but the captain and main setter tried to stabilise the atmosphere on the court.

“The main goal was to end the losing streak,” says Kim Tae-won, “so I emphasised that we had to cherish every ball on the court. Even though I wasn’t the best member of the team, I emphasised that even if the reception was difficult, I would play more.”

As mentioned earlier, Bae’s injury forced Sungkyunkwan University’s centre, Bae Soon-hoo (sophomore, MB, 195 cm), to start for the first time since joining the university. The substitution paid off. Bae finished with 12 points, including five blocks.

Kim Tae-won took advantage of Bae’s lack of analytical skills throughout the game. “I tried to use her whenever the opponent was off-guard, and it worked well. I’m grateful to Soon-hoo for playing well despite her injury.”

Now that they have secured their first win in a long time, they hope to go even higher. In conclusion, Kim Tae-won said, “Now that we’ve ended our losing streak, we’ve only got ourselves to climb. I will gather more strength and climb even higher to show everyone a great game with no regrets.”

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