Korean Air setter Kwang-Woo Yoo led the game against Al Ahli with a splendid toss.
Korean Air, led by head coach Tommy Tillikainen, held Al Ahli, the home team and winner of the 2021-22 Bahrain Volleyball League, in the second leg of Group A of the group stage of the tournament held at the ISA Sports City Stadium in Manama, Bahrain on the 15th (local time). They beat Sports Club 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-22).
Korean Air secured at least second place in the group and succeeded in advancing to the quarterfinals.
In an interview after the match, Yoo Kwang-woo said, “(Bahrain middle blockers) are better in height and physical compared to Korean middle blockers, but there was a feeling that basic skills and things like that were a little lacking.”
Regarding Yosbani Hernandez (registered name Yosbani), who played for Al-Ahli ahead of joining Samsung Fire Insurance next season, Yoo Kwang-woo said, “I think he is still an aggressive player. He kept coming in because he understands Korean volleyball well, but it seems that we played a good role as a serve,” he pointed out.
When asked if this match would be helpful for Yosubani’s strategy next season, Yoo Kwang-woo said, “I think it will be enough.” I think it will be a lot of reference,” he said.
Regarding Gabriel Candido, who was not selected by Korean clubs in the tryout, he commented, “He seems to have quite a bit of power. He is aggressive, has power, and is full of fighting spirit.
Candido also stimulated the Korean Air players during the match. “It was really stimulating,” said Yoo Kwang-woo,안전놀이터 “but it didn’t matter because we couldn’t understand.”
Regarding the Bahraini spectators cheering at the end of the game, Yoo Kwang-woo said, “It was okay because I thought it was our cheering and just did it.”