KGC Ginseng Corporation, led by coach Hee-Jin Koh, scored a set score 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-23) in a home game against IBK Industrial Bank Altos in the 4th round of the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League Women’s Division held at Chungmu Gymnasium in Daejeon on the 22nd. won with On the 19th, Ginseng Corporation, which defeated Pepper Savings Bank AI Peppers and escaped from a 4-game losing streak, succeeded in eliminating the difference in points with the 4th place Korea Expressway Corporation Hi-Pass by winning a no-lose set against IBK (10-13).
For Ginseng Corporation, foreign player Elisabeth Ine Barga was responsible for a 42.34% share and scored 22 points, including 2 serve points and 1 block. Captain Lee So-young only scored 8 points, but contributed greatly in defense with 60% receiving efficiency and 22 digs. And Ginseng Corporation’s ‘Rabbit Middle Blocker’ Park Eun-jin, who celebrated the Year of the Rabbit, led Ginseng Corporation’s winning streak by scoring 9 points and 6 blocks, the most since his professional debut on this day.
Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance Pink Spiders), who was the first overall draft pick in the 2005-2006 season, was considered an unrivaled prospect among her peers since her days at Hanil Computer Girls’ High School (now Hanbom High School), and immediately proved that fact as soon as she entered the professional league. . But sometimes, a player with the first overall pick in the draft or the highest rated among his or her peers is overtaken by a player with a lower rating at the time of joining.
Representative cases are Na Hye-won and Hwang Yeon-joo (Hyundai E&C Hillstate), who were in their first year as pros. Na Hye-won, who was called ‘Woman Se-jin Kim’ at the time of her professional debut, drew great expectations as her large left-handed prospect who will lead the future of women’s volleyball. However, while Na Hye-won was delayed in adapting to the pro due to big and small injuries, Hwang Yeon-joo, who was ranked second, emerged as the ‘Back Attack Queen’ and emerged as the apogee spiker representing the V-League.
In 2007, she was selected for the adult national team from her second year of high school, and Bae Yu-na (Highway Corporation), who was called a ‘genius girl’ by volleyball fans early on, was called her biggest word. And Bae Yoo-na is still active as a top middle blocker in the V-League this season, her 16th year as a pro. However, she did not become the best player Bae Yoo-na among her peers. This is because there is Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai E&C), the best middle blocker ever in the V-League, among players who joined the pro in the same year as Bae Yoo-na.
In the 2011 rookie draft, Jang Young-eun, a former youth representative, Choi Yoo-jeong, a middle blocker at JoongAng Girls’ High School, and Kwak Yu-hwa (Pohang City Sports Association), an outside hitter at Sunseon Girls’ High School, advanced to the pros with the top picks. However, none of the six players who were nominated in the first round of the draft at the time are active players. Rather, Moon Jeong-won (Highway Corporation), Kim Mi-yeon (Heungkuk Life Insurance), and Kim Yeon-gyeon (Hyundai E&C), who were pushed back after the second round at the time of the draft, are proudly playing an active role in the professional stage.
In 2016, Jung Seon-ah, a 183cm middle blocker, and Ji Min-kyung (Pepper Savings Bank), famous as the nephew of Geopo Ji Kyung-hee in the 1980s, 먹튀검증 received the 1st and 2nd nominations and started their professional lives. However, Jung Seon-ah ended her active career after four seasons, and Ji Min-kyung is also unable to perform properly after transferring to Pepper Savings Bank due to an injury. Instead, Ahn Hye-jin and Yoo Seo-yeon, who are active together at GS Caltex KIXX, have established themselves as new star players in the 2016 rookie draft.
Park Eun-jin was a top-notch prospect who was active as an ace in Sunseon Girls’ High School, where Park Hye-min, Lee Ye-sol, Jeong Ho-yeong (Ideal Ginseng Corporation), and Gu Sol (Pepper Savings Bank) reigned supreme in girls’ high school volleyball. He was recognized for his skills and potential to the extent that he was selected for the adult volleyball national team from high school along with Wongok High School’s Lee Joo-ah (Heungkuk Life Insurance). In the 2018 rookie draft, Joo-ah Lee was given the first overall spot, but because of that, no volleyball fans underestimated the value of Park Eun-jin.
However, after he joined the pro team, Park Eun-jin started to lose a little bit to his peers. Jung Ji-yoon, who joined Hyundai Engineering & Construction, scored over 200 points and became the rookie of the year, and Lee Joo-ah got a championship ring from the first year of joining, but Park Eun-jin did not even experience spring volleyball. Of course, Park Eun-jin also participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, supporting Yang Hyo-jin and Kim Su-ji (Industrial Bank of Korea) and contributing to Korea’s advancement to the semifinals.
In the 2021-2022 season, Jung Ji-yoon transformed into an outside heater and Park Eun-jin’s competitors seemed to be decreasing, but Lee Da-hyun, who took the place of Jung Ji-yoon, was selected as the best 7 in the middle blocker category in the first full-time starter season, and went ahead of Park Eun-jin again. Long-time rival Lee Joo-ah also ranked 3rd in blocking (0.72 per set) and 7th in fast-breaking (42.65%), and teammate Jeong Ho-yeong, who was established as a middle blocker, was also a pretty threatening competitor to Park Eun-jin.
Park Eun-jin also tried 9 quick attacks against Industrial Bank of Korea on the 22nd, but only succeeded in 2 (22.22% success rate). However, Park Eun-jin caught 6 blockings that day and tied up IBK’s attack. In particular, not only the attacks of certain players were intensively blocked, but also the strikers of IBK, such as Choi Jung-min (two), Yuk Seo-young, Dali Santana, Pyo Seung-ju, and Kim Hee-jin, were evenly blocked. In fact, there was no middle blocker that showed as much presence as Park Eun-jin from both teams on this day.
In addition to Park Eun-jin and Jung Ho-young, who are active as the main players, Ginseng Corporation has quite a lot of middle blocker resources, such as veteran Han Song-i, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of adult volleyball, and Lee Ji-su, a promising second-year pro. However, Han Song-yi is already at the age of looking at Bulguk, and there is not much time left to be active as an active soldier, and Lee Ji-soo is still lacking in experience. In the end, it means that Park Eun-jin, the ‘rabbit middle blocker’, must defend the center of the Ginseng Corporation along with her junior Jeong Ho-young.