Defeated by Farhan, the ‘serving king’… Korean Air’s first defeat in the Asian Club Championship
- on May 17, 2023
Korean Air, a professional men’s volleyball team, tasted its first defeat at the Asian Club Championship and came second in the final group stage match.
On the 16th (local time), in the last match of the group stage of the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship held at the Isa Sports Center in Manama, Bahrain, Korean Air beat Jakarta Bayankara (Indonesia) with a set score of 1-3 (28-30 17-25). 25-22 21-25).
Korean Air, which had previously won both the first and second games, experienced its first defeat on the last day of the tournament. With 2 wins and 1 loss and 6 points, they lost first place in the group to Jakarta (7 points). Although they secured advancement to the quarterfinals, they lost one match, so they must beat Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds, which will be held on the 18th.
A fierce battle took place from the first set. Jakarta pushed Korean Air to the end with organization and defense. Jakarta, which showcases high-quality fast attacks, blocking and serving, created the atmosphere first. Korean Air brought in Cho Jae-young, the main middle blocker, and a 28-28, deuce close match was made. However, Jakarta took the first set 30-28, thanks to Jung Ji-seok’s mistake and Manaminejad’s open goal.
The second set was the same. Opponent ace Farhan Halim continued to score goals, and Korean Air was dragged helplessly. Parhan, who won the Indonesian league serve king for the last two seasons in a row, threatened Korean Air with a strong serve and an open attack with high RBI.
The opposing team also had Dowdy Okello (former member of Hyundai Capital, KEPCO), who had been active in the V-League. Korean Air continued to falter in the serve receiving and was unable to open a counterattack.
Korean Air was able to take a breather in the third set thanks to Lee Joon’s scoring. However, in the 4th set, despite the heated cheering, the room broke out one after another, and it was difficult to keep up with the opponent. As the game was played on a daily basis, the deterioration of the team’s physical strength also caught on. In the end, Son Hyeon-jong’s attack was caught by his opponent Farhan, and Jakarta took the 4th set 25-21 at the last minute and ended the game.
Korean Air coach Tommy Tilikhainen, who met with reporters after the game, said, “First I would like to say congratulations to the opponent.” He fought,” he said encouragingly.
In addition, he said, “The goal of this tournament was fully incorporated into the three group stage matches, and I am satisfied with the fact that our players achieved a good record of 2 wins and 1 loss in the new environment and face-to-face confrontation with new players.” It needs some improvement,” he said.안전놀이터
On the other hand, Korean Air, who finished the group stage with 2nd place in Group A, will meet Japan’s Suntory, who came up to the quarterfinals with 1st place in Group C on the 18th. Match time is 11:30 a.m. local time (5:30 p.m. Korean time).