Ice packs on both knees… IBK Libero Shin Yeon-kyung is back

The captain’s responsibility lifted him up. IBK Industrial Bank Libero Shin Yeon-kyung (29) threw herself onto the court and led the team to victory.

IBK Industrial Bank beat Pepper Savings Bank with a set score of 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-17) in the 2022-2023 V-League 4th round women’s match held in Hwaseong on the 26th. IBK Industrial Bank (9-15), which added 3 points, won the 28th point. The 4th round was completed with the hopes of spring volleyball alive by narrowing the gap with the 3rd place road construction (35 points).

Shin Yeon-kyung’s fighting spirit shone. Shin Yeon-kyung received 24 serve receives, the most in the team, and succeeded in 18 digs (receiving spikes). The receiving efficiency was lower than usual, but he took the center of the defense. Rarely showing gaps, he knocked Pepper off in the 89th minute.

Shin Yeon-kyung said, “I’m building my body to run somehow. To be honest, it’s true that I came back quickly. The team atmosphere and situation are the same, and if I was helpful, I tried to come back even if I got a little less physically fit. The coach also allowed me to, so I tried.” Confessed.

Shin Yeon-kyung suffered a terrible injury on the first day of the new year. While defending, she collided with Kim Ha-kyung and suffered a knee injury. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured, but it would take more than a month for her to return. Shin Yeon-kyung, who showed off her best skills after three seasons of her conversion to libero, had a big gap. When Shin Yeon-kyung, the center of defense and serve receiving, was eliminated, IBK’s defensive power fell sharply.

steadfastly returned to the court. He did reinforcing exercises and rehabilitation 3-4 times a day, and played a comeback match against KGC Ginseng Corporation on the 22nd, after 3 weeks. The team was defeated in the game that day, but four days later, in the Pepper Savings Bank game, he played almost full-time and contributed to the victory.

It wasn’t easy. Shin Yeon-kyung laughed, “Actually, I thought that his legs didn’t move during practice. But he moved less, so he was prepared to be scolded by the coach, but he didn’t say anything.” He was briefly substituted at the end of the match and took a break. Shin Yeon-kyung said, “Suddenly, it got so bad that I sent him an autograph, and he was able to rest.”

Director Kim Ho-cheol was happy for Shin Yeon-kyung’s return, but worried. Manager Kim said, “In the beginning, the performance I had didn’t come out, but in the middle it got better. Shouldn’t that be considered normal? I’m really having a hard time. I have about a week until the next game, so wouldn’t it get better if I rested?”

Shin Yeon-kyung said, “스포츠토토, I’m trying to make it less bumpy by giving a little more sign.

Shin Yeon-kyung was an excellent outside hitter in high school. However, there were many outstanding players at IBK Industrial Bank, and he mainly played a defensive role even after moving to Heungkuk Life Insurance. Then he transformed into a libero and returned to IBK again. He struggled at first, but as he got better he became one of the best players in the league.

Shin Yeon-kyung said, “This season is my third year as a libero. This season, I thought a lot about what I had to show, and I practiced a lot during the off-season. I also thought, ‘Isn’t the season out?’ I went up a lot, but it’s a waste,” he said.

There are two veteran liberos in the V-League. Heungkuk Life Insurance Kim Hae-ran and Expressway Corporation Im Myung-ok. Shin Yeon-gyeong also naturally polished her skills while watching them. Shin Yeon-kyung said, “At first, I learned by watching my older sisters. I learned Myung-ok’s receiving and Haeran’s straight-line attack defense for foreign players. As my career builds up, I will gradually fill it up. The Best 7 Libero Award? You did so well that I didn’t even think about that. Gradually I want to go up one step at a time.”

Her goal for Shin Yeon-kyung is to complete her season safely. He said, “My goal is to go through the season without injury every year. (I was hurt this season), but I think it’s okay because I didn’t get out of the season. I’m trying to get better records than last season.”

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