I got hit by the Indonesian sub king… Korean Air loses to Jakarta for the first time
- on May 18, 2023
Professional volleyball men’s Incheon Korean Air Jumbos was hit by the Indonesian team in the last group stage match of the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championships.
On the 16th (local time), Korean Air defeated Indonesian league runner-up team Jakarta Bayangkara Freshie 1-3 (28-30 17-25) in Group A 3 of the group stage held at the ISA Sports City Stadium in Manama, Bahrain. 25-22 21-25).
Korean Air, which won the first and second games, experienced its first defeat in the tournament in the last game of the group stage. As a result, Korean Air remained at 2 wins, 1 loss and 6 points, giving Jakarta (7 points) first place in the group.
Korean Air, who advanced to the quarterfinals after finishing second in their group, will play their first match in Group E of the quarterfinals against Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds on the 18th. Korean Air, which had one loss and reached the group stage of the quarterfinals due to the defeat that day, was under the pressure of having to win against Santory.
At the beginning of the first set, Korean Air was taken aback by Jakarta’s organizational skills. Jakarta showed persistent play by linking Korean Air’s attacks with Digg one after another. Led by coach Jiang Jie, who served as the head coach of the Chinese national team, Jakarta’s serve, fast attack, and blocking were excellent.
The seesaw game continued until the end of the set. Head coach Tommy Tillikainen pitched in the starting middle blocker Cho Jae-young and threw the game. In the 28-28 deuce, Jung Ji-seok’s serve was caught in the net. Jakarta took the first set 30-28 as Jakarta’s Iranian outside hitter Manabinejad succeeded in an open attack.
Korean Air, which gave up a set for the first time since participating in this tournament, was dragged away by allowing Jakarta ace Farhan Halim to score again in the second set. Parhan, who won the Indonesian league serve king for two consecutive seasons, threatened Korean Air with a strong serve and an open attack with high RBI.
Daudi Okello, who played for Hyundai Capital and KEPCO in the Korean V-League and moved to the Indonesia League, also scored. Korean Air, which was behind by 7 points, made mistakes in receiving and serving and gave up the second set with a score of 17-25.
In the third set, Korean Air seemed to be leading, but Lim Dong-hyeok’s attacks failed one after another, allowing a tie. As Korean Air faced the crisis of defeat, the cheers of Koreans in Bahrain grew louder. Bahraini spectators, who could only hope for Bahraini team Al-Ahli to advance to the quarterfinals if Korean Air wins, heard the news that Korean Air was losing and rushed to the stadium to cheer them on.
Encouraged by the support, Jung Ji-seok scored a serve, followed by Lee Joon’s open attack. Jakarta’s Judah Mardiancia Putra’s offense went outside and Korean Air reached the set point. Lee Joon’s open attack was successful and Korean Air won the third set 25-22.
The 4th set also unfolded amid unilateral support from Bahraini and Koreans. Bahraini spectators interfered with musical instruments and sound devices every time Jakarta served. Although the momentum of the Indonesian crowd was waning, Korean Air was dragged along in the game.
In the game that lasted three days in a row, Lim Dong-hyeok and other starters made frequent mistakes amid poor stamina. On the other hand, the opposing ace, Farhan, widened the score gap with his serve and back attack. With a 17-14 lead, Farhan played the role of a solver by blocking Son Hyeon-jong’s attack. Korean Air, overwhelmed by Farhan’s performance, eventually lost 21-25.
Prior to this match, Suntory Sunbirds (Japan), led by Dmitri Mushalsky (Russia), defeated Kaipil Sports Club (Yemen) 3-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals as No. 1 in Group C. Suntory will meet Korean Air in Group E of the quarterfinals.
Shahdab Yazd (Iran), to which Saeed Marouf, one of Asia’s best setters belongs, defeated Taichung Bank (Taiwan) 3-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals, Group F, as No. 1 in Group B. Taichung Bank, which was defeated, was eliminated in the quarterfinals as third place in Group B was confirmed. The Taichung Bank command tower is Serbian coach Branislav Moro, who commanded the North Korean 4/25 volleyball team from 2014 to 2016.메이저사이트
Bayan Kongor (Mongolia), played by Bayar Saihan (Mongolia), who is about to join the Korean professional volleyball men’s OK Financial Group, defeated Diamond Food Pine Chef Air Force (Thailand) 3-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals by finishing second in Group C. Bayang Kongor will face Korean Air in Group E of the quarterfinals.