The birth of the first setter MVP in the men’s division?… Is it possible for a player to win the first regular league MVP award?

As the 2022-2023 V-League, which opened on October 22 last year, is nearing the end of the regular season, attention is also focused on who will win the MVP trophy. While the solo system of Kim Yeon-kyung (35, Heungkuk Life Insurance), the ‘Volleyball Empress’, has become somewhat solid, the men’s department is in a state of confusion as there is no player who has set an overwhelming record.스포츠토토

In the men’s division, Korean Air’s 3-0 win over Hyundai Capital in the ‘Single Bridge’ match on the 5th has raised the chances of winning the regular league. As of the 7th, Korean Air has 71 points (24 wins and 9 losses) and Hyundai Capital has 66 points (22 wins and 11 losses). Even if you win all of them, you can win on your own. There is no ‘absolute’ proposition in volleyball, but considering that KB Insurance and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which are ranked 6th and 7th among the remaining 3 opponents, are included, the possibility of winning 5 or more points is quite high.

Assuming that Korean Air wins the regular league championship, the point to watch is whether field commander Han Seon-seon (38), who has played 16 seasons in Korean Air alone, wins the first regular league MVP in his life. Over the past 18 seasons, there has never been a case in which a setter won the regular league MVP in the men’s division. In the women’s division, Lee Hyo-hee (currently coach of Korea Expressway Corporation) won the award twice with Nicole as a member of IBK Industrial Bank in the 2013-2014 season and as a member of the Korea Expressway Corporation in the 2014-2015 season. 

Unlike strikers, it is true that it is not easy to win the regular league MVP due to the nature of the position as a setter who does not have a noticeable record. In the V-League, which tallies individual records in 14 categories, the set is the only ranking category for setters. Even so, it is impossible for a setter to rank first in serving, blocking, and dig, where setters can put their names on individual records.

In addition, sets are counted by the average number per set, so it is advantageous if there is a lot of cumulative running time. Han is the main setter for Korean Air, but there is also an excellent backup setter named Kwang-Woo Yoo in the warm-up zone, and Dong-Hyeok Lim, a native apothecary spike. In response, coach Tommy Tillikainen uses a lot of tactics, such as using Kwang-Woo Yoo and Dong-Hyeok Lim with a double switch when Lincoln is at the back and Player Han is at the front in the middle and late stages of the set, so Han is at a disadvantage in accumulating sets. In fact, one player completed 9.776 sets per set, ranking third in this category.

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