Willow Johnson (registered name Willow), a foreign striker newly recruited by women’s professional volleyball Heungkuk Life Insurance, received a passing grade on her debut stage. Willow played as an aposite spiker in the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League visiting game against Korea Expressway Corporation at Gimcheon Gymnasium in Gyeongbuk on the 30th and scored 17 points, the same as Kim Yeon-kyung.This is a good result considering that I entered the country on the 22nd and worked hard for about a week.
Second-place Heungkuk Life Insurance defeated Korea Expressway Corporation with a set score of 3-0 (25-22 28-26 25-19) in the first game of the 5th round, which resumed 11 days after the All-Star break, and defeated leader Hyundai Engineering & Construction (58 points). We chased by 5 points. Willow is famous as the daughter of Randy Johnson, a legendary pitcher who entered the Hall of Fame with a total of 303 wins and 4,875 strikeouts in the Major League Baseball (MLB) .Like his father, he is left-handed, and like his father who is 208 cm tall, he is tall at 191 cm. Willow took to his court wearing a pink uniform with his father’s signature number 51.Willow, who played as Heungkuk Life Insurance’s right wing, scored her first point in the V-League with a left-handed back attack at 7-7 in the first set, and then decided the first set with a back attack at the set point.
The spotlight was on Willow, but Reina Tokoku (registered name Reina), who played as a left winger, gave a more decisive endorsement. Raina, who was born to a Ghanaian father and a Japanese mother, is a 177cm tall striker who joined Heungkuk Life Insurance this season in the Asian quota .Raina scored 11 points in the first set and then combined with Willow (7 points) for 12 points in the second set.Kim Yeon-kyung, the main gun of Heungkuk Life Insurance, lived up to the name of a problem solver by turning the game around with consecutive time-lag goals when Korea Road Corporation missed several opportunities due to poor service at the set point after entering the second set deuce. Heungkuk Life Insurance, which took the victory, pushed hard at Road Construction in the third set with the triangle formation of Raina (22 points), Kim Yeon-kyung, and Willow, easily adding 3 points.
In the men’s match held at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon, Hyundai Capital narrowly defeated Korean Air 3-2 (25-21 25-18 21-25 26-28 15-12).This is the first victory for Hyundai Capital, which contributed 4 wins and only 1 point to Korean Air this season. Hyundai Capital appeared to have an easy win with 12 blocks in the first and second sets, but was pushed back by Korean Air’s power and ended up in a close battle in five sets for two consecutive games following their meeting on the 12th.Hyundai Capital took the lead at 12-12 thanks to Korean Air’s Jeong Ji-seok’s poor serve, and successive blocking scores by Heo Soo-bong and Kim Myeong-gwan finally broke the wings of Korean Air .Hyundai Capital defeated Korean Air with 18 team blocks, with Heo Soo-bong hitting 6 and Jeon Kwang-in hitting 5 .Korean Air added 1 point to tie with leader Woori Card 슬롯게이밍 (44 points), but was pushed out in the number of wins and remained in second place.