Shocking loss in 1110 days…Kim Jong-min’s sigh “I don’t know what to do”

“I don’t know what to do now.”

The Korea Road Corporation, coached by Kim Jong-min, lost their Dodram 2023-24 V-League Women’s Third Round match against Jeonggwanjang Red Sparks 0-3 (25-27, 21-25, 18-25) in straight sets at Chungmu Gymnasium in Daejeon on Wednesday. Sixth straight loss. It was also the first loss of the season against the opponent.

Vanya Vukiric (registered as Vukiric) managed just 11 points and a 27.5 percent attack percentage, outplayed by the duo of Giovanna Milana (registered as Gia) and Megawatti Pertiwi (registered as Mega), who combined for 39 points. Tanacha Sooksot, also known as Tanacha, scored just 11 points.

After the game, coach Jongmin Kim said, “The players worked hard, but there were a lot of mistakes. I don’t know what to do now. I have a strong desire to win, but I get anxious at the end. The other players are fine, but the setter is shaky,” he said.

“They have good height and good offense. We need to win points, but we didn’t. Yuna helped us by joining the scoring for the first time in a long time, but we need all of them to win the match.”

The losing streak is getting longer. It’s been 1130 days since the road team has lost six straight games (2020-10-31 to 2020-11-28). They are still in sixth place with 12 points (3W-12L), 10 points behind fifth-place IBK (22 points, 8W-7L).

“I’m sure the players are frustrated and want to win, but it’s not working out. It’s not going as well as I want it to,” Kim said, adding, “Vukiric can’t give me any power, and I don’t know how to hit him. Tanacha also has to have a standard, but I don’t know what it is.”

Instead of Lee Yoon-jung, he thought about putting Park Eun-ji, the only setter in the warm-up zone.

“We tested Eunji in the last match, but she still needs to work on her chemistry. She’s still a young player, so it will take time for her to show her full potential.”

Regarding Lee Yoon-jung, he said, “It’s not a matter of anything else. She thinks a lot. I think it’s because what she’s been doing isn’t working. I hope she will think simply and not think a lot.”

Doosan will try to end its six-game losing streak against Heungkuk Life at Gimcheon Indoor Gymnasium on May 17.


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