Regretful AG…Park Jung-ah “If I do it again, I think I will do it well”
After a difficult time as captain of the women’s volleyball team at the Hangzhou Asian Games, Park Jung-ah, 30, of Pepper Savings Bank, has to recover quickly to prepare for the start of the Professional Volleyball V League.
It’s not an easy task, but she knows what the team expects from her, and she’s trying to get back to her best.
Speaking ahead of the V-League Women’s Media Day at the Cheongdam Rivera Hotel in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Wednesday, Park said, “Honestly, it’s hard for me physically because I went to the national team. But it’s not like the season will be delayed, so I’m resting well, sleeping well, and doing what I can to prepare for the start of the season,” Park said.
Park was part of the mythical women’s volleyball quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics just two years ago, but has struggled every time she’s been on the national team since.
She lost back-to-back matches in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) and failed to win a medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
“I think I can do better if I do it again,” Park admitted when asked if she had any regrets.
“I don’t think we neglected the process (even though we didn’t get the result). All the players did their best, but it’s still disappointing, and that’s what I’ll remember the most.”
With the Asian Games, the Korean Volleyball Association parted ways with head coach Cesar Gonzalez.
“Coach Cesar told me, ‘It was a good experience to meet players like you who worked hard without complaining. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get the result, but we’ll see you through to the end,'” Park said.
Park joined Pepper Savings Bank, the seventh club in the women’s division, as a free agent, and her mission is to help the team move up from last place for the second year in a row.
“Even in practice, I noticed that my friends would get nervous in the second half of the set, so I said, ‘Why are you nervous even in practice?'” Park said. “I think it’s because they are still young and inexperienced. I think they should just do what they want to do without being nervous.”
“I’m only thinking about the team’s spring volleyball,” he said, emphasizing that he doesn’t have any personal goals. 메이저놀이터