The highest score in the entire debut, Kim Da-eun showed ‘boldness’
Although he lost, Da-eun Kim (Heungkuk Life Insurance) 안전놀이터had a successful debut match with attack, serve, and blocking.
Da-eun Kim started the first match of the second week against Brazil in the 2023 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL) held at the Nielsen Nelson Arena in Brasilia, Brazil on the 15th (Korean time) and stepped on the court full-time.
It was his debut match. Kim Da-eun wore the Taegeuk mark for the first time in April. Although he was excluded from the roster in the first week, he was included in the 14-man list in the second week, and he showed up from the first game.
he performed surprisingly. Outside hitter Kim Da-eun played as an apositive spiker that day and formed a triangle formation with Kang So-hui and Jeong Ji-yoon. Having enjoyed not only offense but also serving and blocking, he scored 11 points, the most in the team, with two serves and one block.
He was full of spirit from the first set. He scored his first goal with a touchout, and blocked Brazil’s attack to tie the score at 5-5. He was also bold in winning. He handled the ball directly after digging, as well as a parrying attack using a quick swing.
He also helped on defense. Kim Da-eun succeeded in 8 digs, the second most in the team after setter Kim Ji-won (11), alongside Libero Moon Jeong-won. He had a dig success rate of 41.67% as he kicked 8 on 12 attempts.
Kim Da-eun, wearing a Heungkuk Life Insurance uniform as the 2nd ranked player in the 1st round of the 2019-2020 season, goes back and forth between the outside heater and the positive spiker. Last season, he participated in 35 games and 103 sets, scoring 157 points (33.91% success rate). His defense was cited as a weakness, but he showed growth as he accumulated experience.
In recognition of his performance, he was named to the women’s volleyball team led by coach Cesar Hernandez Gonzalez.
Especially on this day, not only Kim Da-eun, but also Kim Ji-won (GS Caltex), who made her debut together, are also encouraging. He made good use of the center as well as the left and right. In particular, he showed bold play such as using a center back attack after dig.
However, it failed to surpass Brazil, the first place in the FIVB ranking, and lost by shutout. Brazil won the victory with outside hitters Julia Bergman and Kishi Nacimento each scoring 15 points, and middle blockers Taissa Menezes and Diana Duarte each scoring 11 points.