Lee Si-woo shed tears of regret right after the game, as it seemed that the win or loss depended on one mistake of his own. But he didn’t criticize anyone, and he gave warm encouragement from the side.
On the 26th, Hyundai Capital played the second leg of the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League men’s playoff against KEPCO at the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium. Hyundai Capital won the first game in a situation where the captain and main outside heater Jeon Kwang-in was injured due to an injury, leaving only one win to advance to the championship game.
In this game, Hong Dong-seon stepped on the court first, and then Kim Seon-ho took over as a substitute and filled a spot as an outside heater. However, Hong Dong-seon was in his second year and Kim Seon-ho was in his third year, so the pressure young players felt on the court was significant. Then coach Choi Tae-woong took out a bold replacement card.
Starting in the 4th set, Lee Si-woo was selected as the outside hitter. In the middle of this season, after being discharged from the Armed Forces Sports Corps, he joined the team and played as a one-point server for every game. Lee Si-woo, who had never been an outside hitter during the regular season, was boldly appointed as a starter.
The players also reciprocated the expectations of the head coach. Attacks began to explode from his left wing, which had been hesitant, and he silently endured the target hit toward himself. And he also fulfilled the role of the ‘crazy player’ needed in the short term.
In the fourth set, 23-24, when KEPCO won the match point, Lee Si-woo stepped back to the end line to serve. And the ball that left Lee Si-woo’s hand came back onto the Hyundai Capital court in an instant. He didn’t miss it. Park Sang-ha delivered it to the KEPCO court with an open attack, making the score 24-24, deuce. 안전놀이터
Then he hit a serve ace. In an instant, the atmosphere leaned towards Hyundai Capital, and the match continued into the 5th set, dramatically bringing the 4th set to the end of the deuce.
Lee Si-woo was given another chance. He started in the fifth set as well, and the set went to deuce again. In the midst of a breathtaking fight, KEPCO Cho Geun-ho hit Lee Si-woo with the target on 16-16. Unfortunately, the ball that left Lee Si-woo’s hand fell down the court instead of up the court.
In a situation where KEPCO won the match point, Hyundai Capital had to change the atmosphere by exhausting all the time-outs. However, the atmosphere that was lost at the end did not return. Seo Jae-deok of KEPCO put an end to the game with a back attack, and the series record became 1 win and 1 loss.
After the match, Lee Si-woo was captured holding his face with a towel. Afterwards, in the relay, his eyes were reddened and he shed tears. Even the director knew this.
After the game, coach Choi Tae-woong said, “I told him not to cry, but he will be very sorry. Still, thanks to Siwoo’s good work, he was able to go through the 5th set.” Although Hyundai Capital did not win the game, everyone applauded Lee Si-woo for his crazy performance.
Where is the flower that blooms without shaking? Hyundai Capital wants to bloom in Cheonan and head to Incheon.