On the 1st, a special ‘guest’ came to Cheonan Yu Gwan-soon Gymnasium, where the men’s professional volleyball match between Hyundai Capital and OK Financial Group took place. The main character is Catbell (USA), who plays for Korea Expressway Corporation, a women’s professional volleyball team.
Catbell came to Yu Gwan-soon Gymnasium with Kim Ji-young, who is in charge of interpreting, on the day of the team’s rest day. Catbell said, “While I was playing in Korea, I never took the time to watch basketball or volleyball. I was curious about how men’s volleyball was played. The interpreter also wanted to watch the men’s game, so I came along.”
Catbell returned to the V-League again this season wearing the Korea Expressway Corporation uniform in place of Katarina (Serbia). She previously had experience playing for GS Caltex and Heungkuk Life Insurance.
On this day, he watched the match between Hyundai Capital and OK Financial Group from the perspective of a spectator and fan, not a player. Catbell said, “It seems to have a different fun than the women’s game,” and “I also think about how to defend such a fast ball.”
On this day, the home team Hyundai Capital beat OK Financial Group with a set score of 3-1. Hyundai Capital’s Hong Dong-seon and Heo Soo-bong, who were selected as distinguished players and had an official interview with on-site reporters, were asked, “Would you like to watch the women’s V-League match?”
Hong Dong-seon and Heo Soo-bong said, “We review every men’s game, even in terms of power analysis.” As expected, Choi Tae-woong, manager of Hyundai Capital, has an influence. Coach Choi is famous for not only watching his team’s matches, but also spending time watching both men’s and women’s matches in the V-League.
Hong Dong-seon has a women’s team and player that he cheers for in his heart. IBK Industrial Bank of Korea. There is a reason. He graduated from Inha University and wore a Hyundai Capital uniform with the first pick in the first round in the 2021-22 season rookie draft. But before he entered college, he played volleyball at Songsan Middle School and Songsan High School.
Songsan middle and high school players serve as ball retrievers in IBK Industrial Bank home games. Hong Dong-seon also visited the Hwaseong Gymnasium frequently during his middle and high school days and watched IBK Industrial Bank matches.
“I was a fan of Kim Suji noona,” he laughed. Hong Dong-seon, who used to pass the ball to Kim Su-ji at the courtside when she served, has now established herself as a player on the V-League court with Kim Su-ji.
Heo Soo-bong is cheering for Pepper Savings Bank. He said, “Pepper Savings Bank is now in its second year of participating in the V-League, and it reminds me of our team, which did not perform well during the rebuilding process, so my heart goes further.”
Pepper Savings Bank remains at the bottom of the women’s division (7th place) with 2 wins and 23 losses (7 points) as of the 1st. Even last season, when it was a new team, it finished in 7th place with a record of 3 wins and 28 losses (11 points) (in the case of the 2021-22 season, the women’s division ended without completing the 6th round due to the aftermath of the new coronavirus infection). Hyundai Capital also had a hard time, ranking 6th and 7th in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, respectively, during the rebuilding period.
Hong Dong-seon also has a ‘relationship’ with Yeo Oh-hyun, Hyundai Capital’s playing coach. Yeo Gwang-woo, the son of a female coach, plays as a setter for the volleyball team at Songsan Middle School. He becomes Hong Dong-seon’s school junior.
Hong Dong-seon laughed, “I used to call female coach ‘Gwang-woo’s father’, but now I’m a senior and coach on the same team. I didn’t expect to meet like this at Hyundai Capital.”
Catbell picked Hyundai Capital, saying, “There are no players in the men’s division that I support, but there are teams that I support.” Catbell said, “My close friend Yasmin (USA) is playing for Hyundai E&C. It’s because it’s the same Hyundai.” 메이저놀이터
Previously, in the V-League, foreign players often watched men’s and women’s matches directly, drawing attention. Dallas Sunias (Canada), who played for Hyundai Capital in the 2011-12 season, was famous.
Sunias played for GS Caltex in the women’s division at the same time and is dating Becky Perry (USA), who wore a Hyundai E&C uniform for the 2018-19 season, so she often visited Jangchung Gymnasium, GS Caltex’s home stadium, to cheer.
Sunias and Becky did not reach the couple’s age, but they also attracted a lot of attention as a couple representing the V-League at the time. After retiring as a player, Sunias is now a coach.
He is the head coach of the SAIT Trojans volleyball team, a semi-professional team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After leaving Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Becky went through the Philippine and Thai leagues and retired after playing until the 2019-20 season. However, as a beach volleyball player, he often competes in competitions.