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Kim Yeon-kyung Criticizes Junior’s Mental Game in Volleyball: ‘I couldn’t beat him mentally’

‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung Gives Crucial Advice to Younger Players

Hangzhou, China – Heungkuk Life Insurance forward Kim Yeon-kyung, known as the ‘Volleyball Empress’, shared her thoughts on the Korean women’s volleyball team at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. As a TV commentator for the event, she spoke to reporters after the match between Korea and Nepal, which Korea won 3-0. Kim Yeon-kyung emphasized the importance of lifting the team’s spirits, especially after their unexpected loss to Vietnam.

Kim Yeon-kyung, who witnessed her team’s defeat against Vietnam on the 1st, expressed her belief that the players were mentally unable to overcome the setback. She encouraged the team to overcome this hurdle and regain their confidence. Explaining the team’s atmosphere leading up to the Vietnam match, Kim Yeon-kyung is hopeful that the players will regain their composure and bounce back stronger.

The first match of Group C saw Korea struggle against Vietnam, losing the first two sets before ultimately losing the match in five sets. Kim Yeon-kyung, who provided commentary for the game, left the stadium without making any comments, clearly shocked by the unexpected defeat.

However, the following day, Kim Yeon-kyung demonstrated her unwavering support for her teammates. Before the match against Nepal, she personally greeted and encouraged each player, lifting their spirits. Thanks to her encouragement and support, the Korean national team managed to secure a resounding 3-0 victory over Nepal.

During her interview, Kim Yeon-kyung not only offered words of encouragement to the players but also called on volleyball fans to support the team wholeheartedly. She also touched upon the issue of player criticism, urging fans to refrain from excessive criticism and instead focus on the collective improvement of the team. She suggested that the starting six players may need to be reviewed and tweaked to some extent, ensuring that every player gets opportunities to contribute and improve their overall performance.

When asked about Park Jeong-ah, who had a challenging day on the court, Kim Yeon-kyung showed empathy, acknowledging that Park may be facing physical and mental difficulties. She also highlighted the importance of chemistry and performance improvement within the team. Kim Yeon-kyung raised concerns about a potential systemic problem with the starting six players and recommended adjustments to enhance the team’s overall condition.

Kim Yeon-kyung’s insights and advice are valuable not only for the Korean women’s volleyball team but also for the fans and supporters. Her status as the ‘Volleyball Empress’ commands respect, and her words undoubtedly carry weight. The team’s next match will be an opportunity for them to implement Kim Yeon-kyung’s guidance and prove their determination to succeed.

‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung “I couldn’t beat him mentally,” scolds her junior [항저우AG]

Heungkuk Life Insurance forward Kim Yeon-kyung, who is visiting Hangzhou, China as a commentator, poses for an interview with reporters after the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games women’s volleyball match between Korea and Nepal held at the Changqian University Campus gym Hangzhou Normal in China on the 2nd. [연합뉴스]

[헤럴드경제=한지숙 기자] At the Hangzhou Asian Games, Korean women’s volleyball suffered a shocking 2-3 loss against Vietnam on the 1st and advanced to the quarterfinals by beating underdog Nepal 3-0 on the 2nd ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung ( Heungkuk Life Insurance ) a warm message to the younger children There was encouragement and solid advice.

Kim Yeon-kyung, who works as a TV commentator, met with reporters after the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games women’s volleyball match between Korea and Nepal held at the Changqian Campus of Hangzhou Normal University in China on the 2nd and said, “The the most important thing for the national team now is to lift the spirits.” “Yesterday, the team’s atmosphere was good before the Vietnam game, but it looked like they were mentally unable to overcome it. I hope they overcome it well,” he said.

In the first match of Group C the day before, Korea lost the 1st and 2nd sets to Vietnam, who were ranked as one level below, before dropping the 3rd, 4th, and 5th sets. Kim Yeon-kyung, who broadcast the Vietnam game as a KBS commentator, also appeared shocked and left the stadium without leaving any comments after the game.

Heungkuk Life Insurance forward Kim Yeon-kyung, who is visiting Hangzhou, China as a commentator, is interviewed by reporters after the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games women’s volleyball match between Korea and Nepal held at the Changqian Campus gym of Normal University Hangzhou in China on the 2nd. [연합뉴스]

However, on this day, Kim Yeon-kyung tried to cheer up her children. Before the game, he came down to the stands, calling each junior’s name, waving his hand, and cheering, “Cheer up!” The national team, supported by Kim Yeon-kyung, managed to calm the mood by winning the match against Nepal with a set score of 3-0.

Kim Yeon-kyung, who met with reporters, encouraged her children and asked volleyball fans to support them as well. He did not forget to give advice, saying, “Don’t criticize our players too much. I feel that the starting six players are not clear. Why not fix it to some extent and give them opportunities regardless of their performance and focus on improving their condition?”.

When asked about Park Jeong-ah (Pepper Savings Bank), who showed a sluggish performance on this day, he said, “Park Jeong-ah must be having a hard time physically and mentally.” He added, “Because she didn’t play much (in the game itself), her chemistry with her teammates and her performance hadn’t completely improved. “It’s the same,” he said. Kim Yeon-kyung, who was talking about Park Jeong-ah, pointed to a ‘systemic problem’. He added, “I feel that the starting six players (for the national team) are not clear,” and added, “I think it would have been better if we had fixed them to some extent and given them opportunities regardless of their performance and focus on improving their condition.”

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