“I feel comfortable going with Jaeyoung.”
Korean Air Libero Park Ji-hoon (25) showed a solid defense with Oh Eun-ryeol in the Dodram 2022-23 V-League Men’s Round 4 match against Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance held at Daejeon Chungmu Gymnasium on the 11th, leading the team to a 3-1 victory. Park Ji-hoon caught 9 digs with a 25% receive efficiency.
Park Ji-hoon, whom we met after the game, said, “The recent game schedule is tight. Although he had a tough part physically, he sweated and overcame it with his brothers, so it feels good.”
Daejeon Chungmu Gymnasium, where the match was held that day, is a place familiar to Park Ji-hoon. Park Jihoon made his professional debut at Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance. He has been active in Korean Air since the 2021-22 season after playing as the main libero at Samsung Fire Insurance in the 2020-21 season.
Park Ji-hoon said, “It’s okay. This gym is the second best place after Incheon,” he laughed.
On this day, Park Ji-hoon sprinted his body to save the ball in the fourth set, and when the rally ended with Lincoln Williams (registered name Lincoln) scoring, he ran to coach Choi Busik and kissed him on the forehead.
In response, Park Ji-hoon said, “When I get excited, I only see Coach Choi. And coach Choi Busik accepts that well.”
Coach Choi Boo-sik was one of Korea’s leading liberos. His pro career receiving efficiency is over 65%, and he has caught over 3,800 digs. 스포츠토토
Park Ji-hoon said, “He comes here and tells me the technical part and how to receive it. If you do as instructed, you will be fine. I’m trying to believe and learn.” He smiled.
For Park Jihoon, this season is important. He will be leaving the team for a while at the end of this season. He finally passed the 2023 1st Armed Forces Sports Specialist (National Army Representative Athlete). He is scheduled to enlist on May 8, along with Hwang Taek-ui of KB Insurance and Lim Jae-young of Korean Air.
He said, “It’s a situation where I have to go out more, but I think it might be more comfortable to get back and settle down quickly. He and he are comfortable going with Jaeyoung. For now, I just want to think about the season.”
Then, Park Ji-hoon said, “I like defense that throws my body, but I always have to get better at easy things. I believe that if I find more confidence in the technical part, I will be able to show a better image,” he added and concluded the interview.