“You have a soft heart.” When a 24-year-old top prospect makes a mistake, the novice coach silently encourages
“Sungjin has a soft heart.”
KEPCO Lim Seong-jin is a top-notch prospect who will lead Korean men’s volleyball. He was recognized for his potential since his days at Jecheon Industrial High School. In the summer of last year, he, along with Lim Dong-hyuk (Korean Air) and Heo Soo-bong (Hyundai Capital), participated in the Seoul 2022 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Challenger Cup and the 2022 Asian Volleyball Federation (AVC) Cup men’s competition, gaining experience in international competitions and growing.
I am now in my 3rd year as a pro. Until last season, if he was responsible for taking turns as an outside heater with Simon Lee, it is not this season. He often appeared as a mid-season substitute, but at the beginning of the season and recently, he was named in the starting lineup and is responsible for the offense and defense of Korea Electric Power.
And on the 10th, Woori Card and the match. KEPCO was on a 9-game losing streak before the match. If you lose again, it’s 10 losses in a row. It will be the ninth double-digit losing streak in team history.
Lim Seong-jin played an active role with close to 100 points out of 100 in an important game. He contributed to the team’s 3-2 victory by recording 16 points, an attack success rate of 71%, and a receiving efficiency of 41.03% that day. In particular, the serve confrontation with Kim Ji-han, a friend of his same age in the 4th set, and the sharp continuous serve that saved the team from the brink of defeat in the 5th set were outstanding.
There is no need to talk about Lim Seong-jin’s performance on this day. 16 points is the most points scored in an individual game since his V-League debut, and the attack success rate of 71% (based on 10 or more attacks) is also the best record since his debut. He also showed his body-flying defense several times, and he caught 12 digs, setting the record for most digs in a single game. 스포츠토토
KEPCO coach Kwon Young-min said, “Im Seong-jin is a player who has to do this much.”
In fact, what director Kwon Young-min worries about is Lim Seong-jin’s personality. When Lim Seong-jin, who has a soft heart, makes a mistake once, he always shakes, so he can’t display all his skills.
Previously, director Kwon Young-min said, “Sung-jin is a soft and kind friend. He tends to give advice that he can do well,” and Lim Seong-jin also said, “I know my shortcomings. Technically, she’s trying to get rid of timidity, even psychologically.”
Recently, how have you been preparing for the match while communicating with Lim Seong-jin?
Director Kwon Young-min said, “I don’t say anything to Ji-won and Seong-jin. He just encourages you. He says, ‘Do this part more’ only during practice.”
“Sungjin is a player who is better at receiving than attacking. He used to struggle with easy balls, but he’s coping well these days. He also practices when he practices and he creates a 20-20 situation. Wasn’t that helpful to Seongjin?”
Seongjin Lim is also trying to change himself. He said, “I hope the coach will be as bold as he is when exercising. He’s been told that a lot since he was in college. If I become bolder, I will be a plus to the team, so I try to change.”
Lim Seong-jin, who will lead the future of Korea Electric Power Corporation and Korean volleyball. Director Kwon Young-min is looking forward to the performance of Lim Seong-jin, who will develop further in 2023, his year.