Regarding Kim Sa-rang (19), a setter of Hyundai Engineering & Construction, who took the real stage in professional volleyball for the first time, coach Kang Sung-hyung praised him, “It’s the hidden card I mentioned before.”
Kim Sa-rang played as a setter in an away game against Heungkuk Life Insurance in the Dodram 2023-24 V-League held at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 20th, taking the lead in the team’s 3-1 come-from-behind victory. Kim Sa-rang, who played in a professional game for the first time, avenged Hyundai Engineering & Construction’s two losses in the season and made it a stage to strengthen its No. 1 ranking with nine consecutive wins.
In his second year as a pro, Kim Sa-rang performed more than just tinkering to fill the void left by his flagship setter Kim Da-in, who was deemed “irreplaceable.” Kim was shaken a bit in the first set due to nervousness on his debut stage. In the first set alone, he gave up five blocks to his opponent team. However, Kim Sa-rang’s tosses revived as he continued to play games. By distributing the balls appropriately, he enhanced the attack power of Moma (24 points), Yang Hyo-jin (15 points), and Wipawi (14 points).
Kim Sa-rang said he was nervous after hearing Kang’s comment that he would start as a setter in the match against Heungkuk Life Insurance on the 18th. Immediately after the match, Kim Sa-rang said, “Kim Da-in said she was not feeling well, so I prepared for it two days ago. I was nervous right before the game and until the beginning of the game. I think it went well because I relieved my tension during the match.”
The reason why head coach Kang selected teenage rookie Kim Sa-rang is that he judged him as a “strong man” who runs the game stably under any circumstances.
Kim Sa-rang responded to Kang’s judgment. Immediately after the match, Kang said, “Sarang threw a stable toss. Momana Wipawi and Yang Hyo-jin handled the ball well, aggressively wide.”
Born in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province in 2004, Kim Sa-rang graduated from Suwon Wavelength Elementary School, Suil Girls’ Middle School and Hanbom High School. When she was young, she dreamed of becoming a professional golfer while watching Hyundai Engineering & Construction
s matches. She was named as the No. 1 player in the second round of last years rookie draft. She also made her debut as a professional golfer at Hyundai Engineering & Construction.