Kim Yeon-kyung (33, Shanghai), who led the thrilling victory over Japan, revealed her feelings and secrets of advancing to the quarterfinals.
The women’s volleyball team, led by coach Stefano Lavarini, scored a set score of 3-2 (25-19 19-25 25-22 15-25 16 -14) and qualified for the quarterfinals.
On this day, Kim Yeon-kyung led the team to victory by scoring the most points of 30 points for both teams. In a mixed zone interview after the match, he said, “I won a really tough match. During the two years of preparing for the Olympics, there were times when I won and there were times when I lost, but I’m happy that I won at an important moment. A comeback was possible because the players were of one mind and one mind.”
He continued, “All the people are interested in the Korea-Japan match. We know that we have to win and it is an important game. So I think it was more desperate.” After explaining the secret to his dramatic victory, he said, “There are times when I get swept up in my emotions in the Japanese game, so there are many times when I get annoyed. At that time, I thought that we should do our best by winning points one by one while controlling our minds.”
In particular, he said, “It was difficult from the beginning because of Japan’s pressure, but the players said, ‘I don’t know yet. Let’s do it till the end,’ and gathered strength. At an important moment, we were able to win because several players worked together.”
He continued, “It feels good to win all three important matches against Kenya, the Dominican Republic and Japan. I will prepare well for the opponent I will meet in the quarterfinals and create another miracle.”
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