KB Kim Hak-min’s first win as head coach: “Watermelon is in fashion? It wasn’t in my time”

KB Insurance snapped a nine-game losing streak. They recorded their fifth win of the season. It was also the first win for acting head coach Kim Hak-min.

KB Insurance won a hard-fought 3-2 (19-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 15-11) victory over Samsung Fire in the sixth round of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League at Chungmu Gymnasium in Daejeon 스포츠토토사이트 on Monday afternoon.

Andres Biyena (real name Biyena) led the way with a 37-point performance in front of his parents to help the team snap a three-game losing streak, while Hwang Kyung-min also chipped in with 19 points.

KB Insurance is currently operating under acting head coach Kim Hak-min after former head coach Hoo In-jung left the organization on Nov. 14 after relinquishing the reins. Kim has been in charge of the team for five games, starting with the Hyundai Capital game, and finally enjoyed his first victory.

Kim was the main interviewee in the post-match broadcast. After the interview, he was pelted with water by the players, but he was all smiles as he entered the interview room.

“They did what I asked them to do,” he said, “and they did it well. It was a tough match and we finished well,” he said, adding that he didn’t know what was wrong with the waterfall ceremony, “I don’t know why they do it to me. It wasn’t in vogue when I was playing. It was crazy,” he said, but smiled brightly.

It was an important win for the team and for Kim as well. “I’m grateful to the players. I apologized for putting pressure on them in the last match, but I told them to just think about our role today, and it worked out well, so we were able to win.” “I think they had a lot of willpower, because we were down four sets and what if they couldn’t overcome it? I think today gave us confidence that we can come out of a pinch,” she said encouragingly.

While Vijena still had a high attack percentage of 46.92%, the team also utilized outside hitters and middle blockers at the right time. Hwang Kyung-min had 23.08% of the offense.

“I told (Hwang) that he should use fastballs depending on the opponent’s blocking movements. He followed it well, and I think he was able to do well in a difficult situation.”

Obviously, it was disappointing to lose the deuce in the fourth set. “The substitutes did their job, and they did a good job with their blocking timing and defense positioning,” said Kim. The fourth set was disappointing. We had about five defenses up, but we couldn’t make a decision. If we could have converted two or three of them into points, we could have closed it out, and that’s our challenge.”

KB Insurance has been going through a particularly harsh winter. It was a valuable win in the midst of it all. Kim said, “The players were struggling and disappointed with the recent losses. I was also worried about how to overcome it. I thought I should try harder, so I watched a lot of videos. I think it’s a study for me as well,” he said. “I also felt that Coach Hu had a lot of responsibility and pressure. I think the players also understood the coach’s feelings and showed their fighting spirit, which is why we were able to win.”

Bijena also commented on Kim’s actions, saying, “First of all, he tried to maintain a good atmosphere. “I want to congratulate him so much for his first win, but unfortunately, I couldn’t sprinkle water on the players because I was spending time with my parents,” she said.

As Bijena said, KB Insurance remains in seventh place in the bottom of the standings, but the team is determined to win the final four games of the regular season.