Im Seong-jin’s long-awaited ‘Spring in Suwon’
During the interview, Lim Seong-jin’s voice was full of confidence.
KEPCO won the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance at the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 26th with a set score of 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-16) in the men’s round 6 match.
This season, he had an advantage over Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance with 4 wins and 2 losses, and won a shutout victory in the first game of the 6th round and climbed to 3rd place. In this game, Lim Seong-jin scored 13 points, including 2 blocks, and the attack success rate was amazing at 68.75%.
Lim Seong-jin, who entered the interview room with a happy heart, said, “In the 6th round, the competition for 3rd place intensified. There are no unimportant matches. He ate strong from his first game. He took enough rest for about a week and prepared well. He expressed his feelings about the victory, saying, “There are some regrets, but it feels good to get three points.”
The result was satisfactory, but the content of the game was disappointing. Lim Seong-jin said, “There are times when receiving goes well, but I couldn’t get the ball I needed to receive correctly, or I gave up a serve ace while catching the ball that went out. He also said, “I had difficulties during the game while conceding consecutive runs to the opponent.”
However, what was stamped on his record deserves praise. Im Seong-jin received 23 target hits, the most in the team, and delivered 16 accurately to the setter. There was never a single mistake, and the receive efficiency was high at 69.57%.
The more he plays this season, the more he shows his growth. Not only his receiving, but also scoring a lot and boasting his offensive power. He posted 268 points, far exceeding his previous season’s 168 points.
Lim Seong-jin said, “His sense of game rises only when he receives and hits a lot of balls. So he is trying to hit as much as possible. Anyway, my opponent puts the most serves on me. He can’t not hit just because he gets it. All players should score evenly so that the game can be played comfortably. Tais and (Seo) Jae-deok hyung are beating me a lot, so I have to help too,” revealing a sense of responsibility.
Last season, I was in charge of an outside heater with Simon Lee, but the situation this year is very different. Simon Lee temporarily left the team for military service, and Seong-jin Lim started more games. He naturally became more and more responsible for being alone.
“There is both a sense of responsibility and burden. Even the director said, ‘I don’t intend to change when I fail or falter. I will continue to use it,’ he says. Whenever I am shaken, I hear this story and it stimulates me. I want to overcome. If you overcome it, you grow, if you don’t, you lose,” he said, conveying his thoughts. 메이저놀이터
KEPCO coach Kwon Young-min said, “Im Seong-jin has grown a lot and gained confidence. He wouldn’t be the way he is now if he didn’t have the confidence. He praised him, saying, “Including receiving, he is doing well with attack, serve, and blocking.”
KEPCO now has only five games left in the regular season. Most important for spring volleyball.
Im Seong-jin said, “I don’t know what will happen until the last game. However, I will try to put all my energy into each game to get as many points as possible. If we think about the next game rather than the too distant future and put our puzzle together, there will be good results.”
He also told me about his determination for spring volleyball. “Even if I go to spring volleyball, my mindset will be the same as now. If you do your best like a player, there will be good results. I want to play a good game with no regrets or regrets.”