A strong reinforcement came to Heungkuk Life Insurance, who had to play the season without a captain. This is Marcello Avondanza from Italy. Head coach Abondanza returned to Korea on the 18th, finalized his contract, and will direct the game as soon as registration-related procedures such as visas are completed.
Abondanza is a director with a brilliant career. He is a leader who started his full-fledged leadership career in 1996 and has built a successful career so far. He has been recognized for his leadership by leading world-class teams including Azerbaijan’s Lavita Baku, Türkiye Fenerbahce, and Italy’s Zanetti Bergamo. More recently, he has coached both the Turkish Airlines team of the Turkish League and the Greek women’s volleyball team.
In particular, from 2013 to 2017, I was with Kim Yeon-kyung at Fenerbahce. At that time, Fenerbahçe was in a golden period in the history of the club. They won the league in 2014-15 and 2016-17 and the European Volleyball Federation (CEV) Champions League in 2015-16. In the 2013-14 season, he also lifted the CEV Cup championship cup.
The relationship between the two lasted until 2017. After the 2016-17 season, coach Abondanza went to his home league, and Kim Yeon-kyung also built a new career with Shanghai Bright in the Chinese league.
Coach Abondanza watched the match between Heungkuk Life Insurance and GS Caltex held at Jangchung Gymnasium on the 19th. It was to see the match of the disciple who met again after 6 years. Of course, I’ve watched the game on video and in the field before, but it’s been 6 years since I ate a bowl of rice.
Before the game, Kim Dae-gyeong, acting manager of Heungkuk Life Insurance, said, “All the players like it. I guess I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. I talked the day before the game and today, and he said that he would like me to take good care of him. After the game today, we will talk about the full-fledged team concept.”
The team gave up the set in the first set, but Kim Yeon-kyung took the center well. At 5 points, the attack success rate was 55% and the efficiency was good at 44%. Above all, the receive efficiency was stable at 60%. He showed off his skills in karate.
It was a bit sluggish with 4 points in the 2nd set and a receiving efficiency of 27%, but the 3rd set definitely warmed up. He was eager to score at the beginning of the set and added strength to the team to take the lead. Not only attack, but also receive, and even a dig that throws the body. It was no exaggeration to say that Kim Yeon-kyung was dominating the court. The enthusiastic support of home and away fans also played a role. 스포츠토토
In the 4th set, the sharp serve in the beginning helped the team score consecutively. In 9-7, he scored an attack score that broke his will to pursue. Even without hitting with all his strength, he showed his technical ability to score points by looking at the opponent’s blocker’s hand. In 16-15, he roared after scoring success, drawing 3,312 cheers. In 17-15, he also scored using the opponent’s blocker hand. He scored again at 19-17 and stepped on the 20-point high.
The match ended with Heungkuk Life Insurance’s 3-1 victory, and Kim Yeon-kyung made a big success with 21 points and an attack success rate of 55.56% that day, showing the dignity of the volleyball queen. The performance shown in front of the teacher reminded me of Kim Yeon-kyung in his heyday.
It was the 15th sold out of the V-League that day. In front of 3,312 people, Kim Yeon-kyung led the team to victory.
After the game, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “As you know, he is a world-famous coach. It is difficult for him to come during the season. It worked well while working smoothly at the front desk of Heungkuk Life Insurance. I appreciate it. I think we should do it together in the short amount of time left.”
He said, “The coach was surprised by the heat of volleyball in our country. They said it was really amazing, full of enthusiasm, and that they were looking forward to it. I hope the work visa can be with me as soon as possible.”