Five points, six points, 21 points. Hyundai E&C’s outside hitter Sittong Wipawi (24-registered name Wipawi) is quickly adjusting to the V-League.
The outside hitter scored 21 points to lead her team to victory in their Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Women’s Division match against IBK Enterprises Bank at Hwaseong Indoor Gymnasium in Gyeonggi on Nov. 21. Hyundai E&C comfortably defeated IBK with a set score of 3-1 (21-25 25-21 25-18 25-23).
Wipawee, a former wing attacker for the Thai women’s national volleyball team, donned the HCE jersey for the Asian quarterfinals ahead of this season. However, Wipawi hasn’t been able to showcase her offensive prowess in the opening two games. On his V-League debut, he scored five points against Pepper Savings Bank on Nov. 15 and six points against Heungkuk Life three days later.
After seemingly struggling in the unfamiliar V-League, Wipawi proved his worth in the opening three games. He scored 21 points on the day, shooting 56.25 percent from the field. While he had a smaller share of the offense than Momah, who scored a team-high 25 points, he surpassed him in efficiency. Despite his small stature at 5-foot-9, Wipawi’s quick feet allowed him to execute simple attacks such as timeouts. In particular, Wipawi showed his versatility in the third set when he scored four points in a row on a quick opener, timeout, and back-to-back service aces to take a 14-11 lead.메이저사이트
Hyundai E&C head coach Kang Sung-hyung praised Wipawi after the match, saying, “Her long offense came out well, and she had good chemistry with setter (Kim) Da-in.”
“I feel that I am gradually getting better as I play,” Wipawi said after the match, adding, “I am getting a lot of help from my teammates who are living together.” Wipawi was especially grateful to Kim Dain, the team’s starting setter.
“I’m grateful to (Kim) for adjusting the height of the ball to my comfortable attacking position,” he said. “I’m also grateful to the other players who don’t call my mistakes ‘shortcomings,’ but advise me to fix them.” Kim Dain makes sure that Wipawi, who is new to Korea, doesn’t feel lonely.
“I feel like I’m getting better and better at practicing,” Wipawi said, “and I’ll do my best to help the team win, which is the goal I set when I came to Korea.”