Passion and dignity collide. The veterans threatened to tell their juniors what to do, and the newcomers showed their aspirations to break the noses of their seniors with all their might.
On the 28th, at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon, a pre-event was held a day before the ‘Dodram 2022-23 V-League All-Star Game’.
The players selected as All-Stars prepared for the All-Star Game to be held at this venue on the 29th by matching hands and feet through mini-games. In addition, they welcomed fans up close through various events.
In this All-Star Game, reflecting the trend of the MZ generation, the men’s division was divided into M-stars for players born before 1995 and Z-stars for players born after. Starting from 1996, the women’s division was included in the M-Star before and the Z-Star after that.
By dividing the teams based on age, a confrontation between old and new was established. In the men’s M-Star category, players such as Han Seon-seon (Korean Air) and Shin Young-seok (KEPCO) still show off their top-level skills in the V-League.
Z-Stars, who are called the future of Korean volleyball, such as Lim Dong-hyuk (Korean Air), Lim Seong-jin (Korea Electric Power), Kim Ji-han (Woori Card), and Park Gyeong-min (Hyundai Capital), endure, challenge the stronghold of their seniors.
The verbal competition was also fierce. M-Star Shin Young-seok (KEPCO), who recorded the most votes in the men’s division, and Kim Min-jae (Korean Air), Z-Star, who took second place, had a delightful battle of words outside the hall, raising expectations for the All-Star Game.
The gun was opened by Shin Young-seok. He, who won the most votes for all-stars for three consecutive years, said, “At first, I thought it might be a coincidence, but after doing it for three consecutive years, I realized that many people support me a lot.”
Kim Min-jae responded immediately. Regarding the fact that he did not reach the top spot, he said, “It would be a lie if I said I had no regrets,” but cheerfully replied, “But I still have a lot of days, so I wonder if Youngseok hyung will be able to do it if he retires.”
The veteran did not back down easily. Shin Young-seok, who has always referred to himself as a ‘visual middle blocker’, said, “Looking at Min-jae Kim’s second place, (all-star voting) doesn’t seem to have anything to do with visuals. I wonder if volleyball fans picked him based on his skills.” If it was (KEPCO), I would have been proud, but I don’t think it’s Kim Min-jae’s face,” he laughed.
The All-Star Game so far has been more event-oriented, focusing on fun rather than seriousness. However, as they are classified as M-star and Z-star this time, the players also have a different attitude toward the game.
In particular, Shin Young-seok has expressed his wish that the All-Star Game would be a confrontation between a veteran and a rookie team.
Shin Young-seok said, “I was excited at first because it was actually done. I wonder who would win if we met like this and tried our best to stick together.” revealed 메이저사이트
He continued, “I’m really serious. I’ve prepared all the painkillers and protective gear.”
Kim Min-jae also said, “We also said that we should win seriously. Other players are only thinking about winning unconditionally.”
He added, “This All-Star Game feels like the old and the new generation, so I keep saying that we should do it seriously.”
Shin Young-seok hinted that the Z-star players were preparing for the game by creating a chat room from a week ago. At the same time, he promised, “We are older, but we want to prepare properly and play a great game.”
Both M-Star and Z-Star are confident of victory.
Shin Young-seok said, “Looking at the difference in power, I think fans will say that it won’t be easy for Z Star. So I’m not sure how much we should adjust our strength.” “He provoked.
In response, Kim Min-jae said, “I am confident that we can win,” and asked, “You have to do it with all your might, so that you know how much we lack and become an opportunity to do well.”