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totositewebtopAce Instinct Explosion Power to Make Korean Air Stronger Jung Ji-seok

Korean Air's outdoor heater Jung Ji-seok exploded at the most important moment.

Jung Ji-seok led the set score 3-1 with 31 points, the most between the two teams, in the first round of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Men's Championship match against OK Financial Group at Incheon Gyeyang Gymnasium on the 29th.

It was an overwhelming performance. The attack success rate reached 68 percent. While Leo, a foreign player from the opposing ace, scored only 22 points with 42 percent success rate, Jeong Ji-seok bombed OK Financial Group Court with his explosive attack power, both front and back. He scored his most goals this season in the championship game.

He also stood out in defense. His receiving efficiency was 39 percent, while blocking was recorded seven times. In particular, OK Financial lost momentum by blocking the opponent team's main gun signal.

In the first half of the regular season, Jung's performance was insignificant. Due to a back injury, he failed to live up to his title as the best outside hitter in Korea. Although his presence increased in the second half of the season, he was not everyone's favorite.

At the most critical timing, Jung flew in. In the previous V-League Men's Championship, the winner of the first round won with a 72 percent chance. As such, the first game was important, and Korean Air took advantage of Jung to secure the victory. Tommy Tilikainen, the Korean Air coach, also expressed satisfaction, saying, "Jung had a hard time with his injuries this season. But I think he proved himself because it was an important game."

"I was a little more immersed because it was a big match. He was nervous enough to have a good match. He looked like he could do it. I'm glad it came out well. It took a lot of effort, but I was able to do well with my brothers from the second set," said Jung with a smile.

"I analyzed a lot. I also did image training. I watched a lot of playoff games against the opponent team. Honestly, I felt like OK Financial Group would go up after seeing the momentum. I felt like I had to stop the signal line. I thought it was the center of a gust of wind. The coach also told me to just look at the signal line. If I look away for a moment, he nags me. I couldn't go," he said, sharing his secret to blocking.

Korean Air is fulfilling its big task of winning the overall title for four consecutive seasons. "We actually did a good job today, but six of us are going to play volleyball. We need to prepare well for the second round as well. We need to improve our physical condition. We will never let our guard down. I don't know when we will be able to play volleyball with this member again.