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Heungkuk Life Insurance, women's volleyball team aiming to regain the lead, bad news due to Willow's injury

                                                                     Willow attacking

A professional volleyball V-League women's match between Hyundai Engineering & Construction Hillstate and Heungkuk Life Insurance Pink Spiders held at the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do on the 12th.

Heungkuk Life Insurance, a women's professional volleyball team, suffered an injury ahead of regaining first place in the league.

According to the club, foreign player Willow Johnson (registered name Willow) will not be able to participate in the home game against IBK Industrial Bank of Korea held at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 15th.

It is reported that Willow injured her right knee ligament while playing defense in the Hyundai Engineering & Construction game on the 12th.

A Heungkuk Life Insurance official explained, "It is not a major injury. First of all, he will not be able to play in one game today."

If Heungkuk Life Insurance (62 points, 22 wins, 6 losses) wins the game on this day with a set score of 3-0 or 3-1, it will surpass Hyundai Engineering & Construction (65 points, 21 wins, 7 losses) and take the lead in the league.

Heungkuk Life Insurance, which was 8 points behind Hyundai Engineering & Construction until the All-Star break, narrowed the gap with 4 consecutive wins with the addition of Willow.

This injury is painful for Heungkuk Life Insurance, as Willow was considered a factor in the recent upward trend.

Willow scored 67 points (41.84% attack success rate) in 13 sets of the last 4 games, forming a triangle with Kim Yeon-kyung and Reina Tokoku (registered name Reina).

Coaches and colleagues also commented that he brought good energy to the team with his unique bright and proactive personality.

Coach Marcello Abondanza said ahead of the game that day, "I'm a little worried about the performance today because there was an injury issue. It's difficult to completely continue the good trend."

He said, "I hope the players coming in today will show a better performance. Only then will the game go well," and added, "I hope they will show the spirit to fight until the end."

Kim Ho-cheol, coach of IBK Industrial Bank of Korea, said of Willow, "She has good fighting ability and strength. I think she is an example of a successful substitute player." 고스톱