The 20th season of the V-League is about to begin.
The Dodram 2023-2024 V-League will begin its six-month campaign on Thursday with the men’s Korean Air and Hyundai Capital at Gyeyang Gymnasium and the women’s Korea Expressway Corporation and Heungkuk Life at Gimcheon Gymnasium. In the opening games, the men’s and women’s teams will meet for the first time in more than six months after facing off in last season’s championship game.
It will be a tactical battle between Korean Air coach Tommi Tilikainen and Hyundai Capital coach Choi Tae-woong. Korean Air dominated the head-to-head series last season, winning 5-1. However, in their fifth-round meeting, Hyundai Capital emerged as the favorite to win the regular season title, beating Korean Air 3-1 in straight sets. We are curious to see how Hyundai Capital, which found a solution by inducing Korean Air’s mistakes, will approach Korean Air, which is a mountain to climb to rebuild its reputation in the new season.
Korean Air has also prepared well. Despite the lack of national team players throughout the offseason, the team has been training with overseas teams such as the Finnish national team, which has shown its effectiveness. Add to that the fact that outside hitter (left) Mark Espejo (Philippines), the No. 3 pick in the Asia Quarterly Draft, showed off his offensive prowess in an off-season scrimmage against the Panasonic Panthers of Japan’s V-League, scoring a career-high 20 points in a scrimmage, and you have a recipe for success from the opening tip.스포츠토토
On the women’s side, Heungkuk Sinsaeng will be looking for revenge after losing the championship last season despite finishing first in the regular season. The team has been bolstered by the retention of free agent Kim Yeon-kyung and the addition of middle blocker Kim Soo-ji, but the key will be how much they improve their blocking, which was one of their weaknesses last season.
Another big question is how defending champion Doro has filled the void left by veteran Jung Dae-young (GS Caltex) and offense leader Park Jung-ah (Pepper Savings Bank). The performance of middle blocker Bae Yoo-na, who stayed on after becoming a free agent, and outside hitter Tanacha Suksot (Thailand), the fourth overall pick in the Asia Quarterly Draft, will be crucial.