Even if teams are divided into generations, fans and players are one
The teams were divided according to generations, but it was a fun party where everyone became one.
In the professional volleyball 메이저사이트 V-League All-Star Game held at Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium on the 29th, everyone who visited the stadium enjoyed a “star party” together, regardless of gender and age.
This year, the Korean Volleyball Federation reflected the trend of the ‘MZ Generation’ and divided the men’s division into M-stars for players born before 1995 and Z-stars after that. The women’s division started in 1996.
The 6,446 seats in the stadium were filled with fans and sold out for the first time in four years. In the All-Star Game held at Heungkuk Life Insurance’s home, the player who gathered the loudest shouts was by far the ‘World Star’ Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance). As soon as she debuted in the 2005-2006 season, Kim Yeon-kyung, who participated in the All-Star Game three times in a row, stepped on the court for the first time in 14 years as the highest voter.
Before the main event, Kim Yeon-kyung made a surprise appearance at a photo booth with Kim Hee-jin (IBK Industrial Bank) and took pictures with fans. Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai E&C) also responded to the fans’ enthusiasm by transforming into a market clerk.
Kim Yeon-kyung, who received the most votes, said, “I thought I would be chosen even before the voting started.” The energy is different from Z Star,” he said, realizing the generational difference.
However, Kim Yeon-kyung actively narrowed the gap between generations in the main game. The match was played in 4 sets with 15 points per set, and the 1st and 2nd sets were played by the women on the court. Z-star Lee Da-hyun (Hyundai E&C) performed the ‘Candy’ dance of the idol group NCT DREAM, reflecting the trend. Kwon Min-ji (GS Caltex) also drew cheers by dancing New Jeans’ ‘Hype boy’. M Star’s Kim Yeon-kyung and Kim Hee-jin, who saw them, asked them to play the same song, saying that they could do it too, and then showed off their dance moves. Every time a goal was scored, everyone danced.
At the end of the 2nd set, the male players also played a match. At first, M-star Shin Young-seok (KEPCO) and Z-star Park Gyeong-min (Hyundai Capital) entered the team, followed by league serve Leo (OK Savings Bank) and Samsung Fire & Marine Ikebairi, who boasted a strong serve. In the process of scoring, a player on the bench received the ball and the line referee even returned it, drawing laughter. The women’s match ended 1-1.
In the men’s game held in the 3rd and 4th sets, the performance of the coaches stood out. Korean Air coach Tommy Tilikhainen personally made the decision on the video review and even returned the serve from the director’s seat. Choi Tae-woong, director of Hyundai Capital, requested a video review of Shin Young-seok’s dance because it was “strange.” Women’s players were put in as line referees and made decisions in favor of their teams.
Kim Yeon-kyung, who received the most attention throughout the game, even won the ‘Star of Stars’ MVP. In the men’s division, Leo was selected. The Ceremony Award went to Shin Young-seok in the men’s division and Lee Da-hyun in the women’s division.
In the Spike Serve Contest, the women’s Elizabeth (KGC Ginseng Corporation) recorded 89 km and rose to the position of ‘Queen’. The men’s ‘King’ was taken by Ikbairi, who recorded 117 km.