Hyundai Capital, a professional volleyball men’s division, has recovered its pride as a prestigious family to some extent, from 7th place last season to 2nd place this season. In particular, setter Lee Hyeon-seung (22, 190 cm) is coordinating the attacks of the seniors unbecoming a rookie.
Lee Hyun-seung is ranked 5th overall in the set rankings in the ‘Dodram 2022-2023 V-League’. Although he did not have many appearances with 10 games, he is proudly competing with the main setters of other teams with a 9.18 per set.
Hyundai Capital selected Lee Hyun-seung as the second pick in the rookie draft last year. Head coach Choi Tae-woong, who was born in a famous setter, chose Hyun-seung Lee, a senior at Hanyang University, as the right person to take on the responsibility of rebuilding the team.
On the 7th, Lee Hyeon-seung came out as the main setter and led a close match with Korean Air, who were in first place. The team lost 2-3 amid controversy over the overturning of the video review, but Lee Hyun-seung recorded 41 sets and played a match against top setter Han (53 sets).
Afterwards, Lee Hyun-seung also started in a home game against KB Insurance held at Yu Gwan-soon Gymnasium in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do on the 12th. However, he did not play in the 3rd and 4th sets as he was replaced with Kim Myeong-gwan in the middle of the 2nd set. On this day, Hyunseung Lee recorded 10 sets and Myungkwan Kim recorded 31 sets, and Hyundai Capital won 3-1.
It was a measure of affection from Director Choi. After the game, coach Choi said, “There are times when young players with little experience do well at the beginning of the season, but it is because they are not analyzed by the opponent.” said.
“I thought Hyunseung was a bit like that, and I replaced him to give him confidence rather than a lack of skills,” he explained. Coach Choi added, “The atmosphere of concentrating on the game is important.”
Hyundai Capital stepped on the high of 40 points (13 wins, 7 losses) with the victory that day. The gap with first place Korean Air (52 points) is significant. Coach Choi said, “It’s a position you shouldn’t think of competing for the championship with Korean Air.” expressed anticipation.
In particular, director Choi hopes that Hyunseung Lee communicates with his colleagues more actively. Director Choi said, “I hope our team setters can be much more messy enough to do that.” He continued,
When I was a player, I was the youngest, so I was very messy and couldn’t get scolded, but I want to have our players try something they couldn’t do then.” I wish I could diverge and pull it out,” he emphasized.
He also told an anecdote about it. Director Choi said, “In the match against KB Insurance on the 31st of last month, Hong Dong-sun did well, so I blew a pair of pistols with both hands as a sign of encouragement.” Hong Dong-seon is in his second year of joining as the first overall player last season. Director Choi said, “I hope Hyunseung or Myungkwan are like Dongseon.”
Regarding the meaning of kabun, coach Choi emphasized, “It energizes the team, improves the atmosphere, and also brings out the creativity of the players.” Following “
Coach Choi has a reputation for seriously researching volleyball. At the same time, he also shows a change, such as trying to communicate with younger players recently. It remains to be seen if Lee Hyun-seung can be reborn as the ‘creative nerd’ that director Choi wants.