Cesar Hernández Gonzalez, coach of the women’s volleyball team (Spain), held a New Year’s press conference at the Korea Comics Promotion Agency in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do on the 11th and pledged her good luck this year. In particular, he emphasized strengthening competitiveness on the international stage. He said, “Korea also needs to play fast and powerful volleyball. Everything from physique, technique, and tactics must follow the international trend. In the tactical part, the setter should pursue a faster volleyball,” he ordered.
Coach Gonzalez, who took the helm of the women’s national team after coach Stefano Lavarini (Italy), who wrote the legend of the semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics, had a painful time last year. He left a disastrous record of 1 win and 16 losses in official matches, including 1 win and 5 losses in the World Championship, including 12 losses in the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL). “It was a difficult period,” he said. But it is positive that he has grown by giving new players a chance. The level of the players is still insufficient on the international stage, but I will try to develop them further by guiding them this year.”
The main cause of last year’s sluggish performance was the retirement of key members. The absence of Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance), Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai E&C), and Kim Su-ji (IBK Industrial Bank) was larger than expected. Coach Gonzalez said, “It was a year in which we faced the reality of Korean volleyball. Now, instead of relying on a superstar like Kim Yeon-kyung for volleyball, we will become one as a team and create a team that can put pressure on the opponent.” 토토사이트
This year, major competitions such as the 2024 Paris Olympics qualifiers and the Hangzhou Asian Games will be held. Coach Gonzalez said, “The Asian Games, the biggest event in Asia, as well as the preliminaries for the Olympics are important. The Asian Championships are held right before the Olympic qualifiers, so it is a good opportunity to check our performance against our opponents. VNL, where important ranking points are given to qualify for the Olympics, is also an event not to be missed,” introducing the busy schedule for this year.
Meanwhile, Coach Gonzalez, who also serves as the coach of the Turkiye women’s professional volleyball team Vakifbank, expressed his regret about the earthquake in Turkiye. “A lot of people have lost everything. Any help is desperate for Turkiye,” he appealed for help.