“To be honest, it’s about 9th, 10th, 11th place”
Dmitri Mushalsky (Russia), who defeated the V-League men’s champion Incheon Korean Air Jumbos, took Korean Air to 9th to 11th in the Japanese league level was evaluated.
On the 18th (local time), Korean Air won the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship Quarterfinal Group E Group 1 match held at ISA Sports City Stadium in Manama, Bahrain, last year’s runner-up team and Japan V-League 2022-2023. They lost to the season runner-up Suntory Sunbirds 0-3 (21-25, 19-25, 19-25).
Mushalski, who played as the Suntory Apposite Spiker, led the game by hitting high-altitude hits at every turn. Mushalski, who dominated the world volleyball world as a top player, has been playing in the Japanese professional volleyball league since the 2018-2019 season.
After the game, in an interview with Korean reporters, when asked to evaluate Korean Air’s level, Muchhalski replied, “To be honest, it’s about 9th, 10th, or 11th.” There are 10 men’s teams in Japan’s V-League. It means that it is at the lower level of the Japanese league.
He said, “Actually, I played against the Korean team for the first time,” and “I think the Korean team is a team with strong defense. It feels good to win, and it was nice to be able to save some stamina in the end.”
When asked if he felt restrained by Korean Air, Muchhalski said, “All the teams try to stop me when they play against me. In the end, it’s a fight against themselves.
Regarding the reason for playing in the Japanese league, he said, “I want to play in many countries during my career as a player.”
When asked if he could play in the Korean V-League, Mushalski briefly replied, “There is no reason not to.”
Meanwhile, after the game, Korean Air coach Tommy Tilikhainen commented on Mushalski’s attack, saying, “I defended myself, but it wasn’t enough.”스포츠토토
He continued, “When Mushalski first attacked, if he bounced or defended, we should take advantage of that opportunity and score, but if we miss that opportunity, it’s over.”
Regarding the first half of the game, coach Tillikainen commented, “The serve didn’t come out at all what we wanted to do,” and “Actually, there’s nothing to say about the game. There’s nothing to analyze. The other side did a lot better than us.”