The spring breeze blowing in Daejeon for the first time in 6 years… Now, Cheong Kwan-Jang’s goal is to go straight to the playoffs beyond spring volleyball.

The spring breeze blowing in Daejeon for the first time in 6 years…  Now, Cheong Kwan-Jang’s goal is to go straight to the playoffs beyond spring volleyball.


Daejeon, along with Incheon, is a city where both men and women share a connection in professional volleyball. It was once a place full of excitement every spring, with the ‘Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Dynasty’ winning eight consecutive championships, but there has been no spring volleyball since the 2017-2018 season. In the women’s division, Cheong Kwan-Jang failed to advance to the postseason for six consecutive seasons until last season after finishing in 3rd place in the 2016-2017 season and experiencing the playoffs, and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance failed to advance to the playoffs in 2nd place in the 2017-2018 season. The term dynasty is now a thing of the past. It has become a relic.

It seems like the spring breeze is blowing in Daejeon for the first time in six seasons. In the women’s division, Cheong Kwan-jang is firmly solidifying her 3rd place position with Pajuk’s 4th consecutive win. According to Cheong Kwan-jang, it is highly likely that the team will advance to spring volleyball for the first time in seven seasons.

On the 24th, Cheong Kwan Jang defeated Heungkuk Life Insurance with a set score of 3-1 in the Heungkuk Life Insurance match in Daejeon. It was a blow to Heungkuk Life Insurance, which finished the 5th round after the All-Star break with a win. Heungkuk Life Insurance, which suffered an unexpected blow from Jeong Gwan-jang, had its winning streak cut short at ‘6’, failed to add more points and remained at 67 points (24 wins, 7 losses), narrowing the gap with leader Hyundai Engineering & Construction (69 points, 23 wins, 7 losses). It also failed to reduce. If Hyundai Engineering & Construction, which has played one game less, takes 3 points in the next game, the gap will widen further. It’s as if Cheong Kwan-jang sprinkled red pepper powder on Heungkuk Life Insurance’s challenge to win the regular league.

The secret of Cheong Kwan-Jang, who showed ups and downs in his performance until the 4th round, finished the 5th round with 5 wins and 1 loss, and even defeated Heungkuk Life Insurance, his natural enemy, was thanks to enduring the years of hardship. Jeong Kwan-jang was disappointed by the absence of a native striker to support foreign outside hitter Jia and Asian quarter aposite spiker Mega, but Lee So-young, who had been steadily recovering her condition after returning from injury, finally regained her skills. As Lee So-young, who can hold the center of the team with both offense and defense, found her skills, an incredible sense of stability emerged in both offense and defense.

In the game against Heungkuk Life Insurance on the 24th, Soyoung Lee only scored 10 points, but had a receiving success rate of 62.5% (10/16) and collected 31 digs, the most in the team. The dig success rate was a whopping 93.94% (31/33). Because Lee So-young securely protects the back of the court, Mega and Zia’s offensive power is doubled, and they have built up the strength to win against any team they face.

The task for Cheong Kwan-Jang, who has secured third place to some extent, is to advance directly to the playoffs. As of the 24th, the point difference between CheongKwanJang, which has 53 points, 4th place GS Caltex (45 points), and 5th place IBK Industrial Bank (44 points), is 8 or 9 points. If we don’t allow the team to get within 3 points, they can go straight to the playoffs. Attention is being paid to whether Cheong Kwan-Jang can continue his current upward trend and bring spring volleyball to Daejeon for the first time in six years by advancing directly to the playoffs.

Reporter Nam Jeong-hoon [email protected]

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