At the center of Jeong Kwan-jang’s volleyball, which has changed beyond recognition, is Megawatty Puttiwi (24, registered name Mega), an Indonesian Apogit spiker who was ranked third in the Asian quarter. Mega, who bombs the court with a hijab around his head, emerged as a blessing for Jeong Kwan-jang as he successfully made his V-League debut.
Jeong Kwan-jang, led by head coach Ko Hee-jin, marked the opening game of the 2023-2024 season against IBK Industrial Bank at Chungmu Gymnasium in Daejeon on the 17th with a set score of 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-23). He finished the game in an hour and 16 minutes and started the season in a good mood with three points. 스포츠토토
Even before the game, IBK Industrial Bank of Korea coach Kim Ho-chul said, “With the joining of Megawatti, the attack power of Jeonggwanjang has been strengthened a lot. Jung Ho-young and Park Eun-jin are also building a high wall in the middle. “The team I picked as the favorite for this season is Jeong Kwan-jang, which I can highly appreciate in terms of height and attack,” he said, predicting a rise in Jeong Kwan-jang’s power following Mega’s joining at the Apogit position.
Coach Kim Ho-chul’s assessment was accurate. Mega and Jeong Kwan-jang showed the reason from the opening game. Mega, who reported his first V-League score as a serve ace early in the first set, shook IBK Industrial Bank’s reception with a strong serve. He scored 12 points alone in the second set when his body was fully warmed up. It was inserted into the empty place without any diagonal line or straight line. He handled the high-ball toss without difficulty due to light physical movements and 185cm high RBIs. It was refreshing and powerful.
In his debut in the V League, Mega scored 21 points, the most in both teams, and performed well with an attack success rate of 47.37%. He flew in various scores with two serve aces, one block, and three back attacks. His defense moves were also better than expected.
After the game, Ko Hee-jin, head coach of Jeonggwanjang, also said, “Mega and Jia and two foreign players had a really hard off-season. He said he’s never been trained like this before. “I had to train a lot to play in the Korean league, where there are many tight games,” he said. “Both players followed well because they were good-looking players.” I want to say thank you so much as a director for that. There is more to show in the future,” he expected.
Jeong Kwan-jang, who is known for the highest training intensity among the V-League women’s teams, coach Ko Hee-jin did not make an exception to foreign and Asian quarter players. Mega said, “When I first started training in Korea, I was very surprised. I cried a lot because the training was hard. There were difficulties, but thanks to hard training, the performance that the coach wanted is coming out. Now I’ve gotten used to a lot of training,” he said with a smile.
He is a player who has strength in attack, but his movement has also improved in defense. Mega, who succeeded in five digs on the day, said, “It is true that I lack defense, but I practiced a lot of defense after coming to Korea. “The results of practice came out naturally,” he said with a smile.
Mega, a former member of the Indonesian national team and a Muslim, wears a hijab not only in her daily life but also when playing games. Mega, whose arms and legs are also covered by toshi, is attracting attention with an unusual appearance, and it is likely to increase its presence even more with a powerful spike.
Mega, who learns from an interpreter exclusively in charge of Indonesian and also uses Korean words such as “director” and “defense,” laughed, saying, “I don’t know the meaning, but I try to learn Korean by spouting words one by one,” and added, “It’s my first time in Korea, and I’m grateful for the fans’ support.” I’m very happy to win the first game, but there’s still a lot of games left. I’m not satisfied, and I’ll prepare well for the rest of the game.”