A decisive attack led the team to victory. The driving force for victory was confidence with a reason. Kyunghee University 2023 Korean Air Cup National Collegiate Volleyball Jecheon Tournament held at Jecheon Indoor Gymnasium in Chungcheongbuk-do on the 20th, set score 3-2 (20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 17-15) in Hongik University and preliminary match won with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses. Kyung Hee University did not give up until the end, even in the face of defeat after giving away the first and second sets. In the third set blocking, he took a 4-1 lead and took the set high, carrying the mood to the next set. In the 5th set, after a close match that went all the way to deuce, the match ended and a dramatic come-from-behind victory was achieved.
Lee Jung-min (2nd grade, OH, 188cm) scored 31 points, the most for both teams, including 3 blocks. He played on the left wing of the team, showing his presence in both offense and defense. After the game, Lee Jung-min said, “After winning the last match at Myongji University, I was very determined. Like the previous game, it is meaningful that it seems like a good game came out thanks to everyone brightening the atmosphere.” The beginning of the game was uneasy. He easily gave up points with more errors than Hongik University and solved the difficult game. Lee Jung-min said, “The process was good in the first and second sets, but the results were disappointing. But there was no reason for us to lose. I didn’t feel like I was going to lose as I entered the 3rd set, and thanks to the brightening, I was able to go up to the 5th set.”
While on the court, the desire to compete was overflowing. Not only did he rejoice when he scored a goal, but he regretted it more than anyone else when he conceded a goal. “Ever since I was little, I was taught that expressing on the court is freedom. I thought fighting spirit was necessary, so I made the ceremony bigger.” In the 5th set, Kyonggidae succeeded in taking the lead. However, he was driven to a crisis by giving a reversal to the attack room, but showed the potential to continue to deuce. In the 15-15, Lee Jung-min’s pipe attack was ruled out in the centrifugal trial. However, it was overturned through the video review, and Kyunghee University went up to the match point with a touchout, and the game ended with a mistake by Hongik University.
Looking back at the tense moment, “I was confident in my attack throughout the game, but at the moment of the 5th set, I thought about something else and stopped it, so it was difficult. Still, he said that if he gave me a pipe again, he would solve it unconditionally. He was confident,” he said confidently. Subsequently, he said, “Even when I hit him, 안전놀이터 I saw that it was a touchout because I looked at his fingers and hit him. So he asked the director to read the video and was so sure that he said, ‘If I don’t get hit, I’ll die’.”
From the beginning of the tournament, he started off badly with two consecutive losses, but he is maintaining a good pace by recording two consecutive wins right away. Lee Jung-min said, “I regret the previous two games a lot. Still, the more we play, the more we show our performance, so we are satisfied.” Kyung Hee University is now facing Gyeongsang National University in the final match of the preliminaries. Finally, he pledged, “We will try to lead to good results in a bright and good atmosphere.”