After just missing the Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) Championship title four times, Han Sun-soo, captain of the Incheon Korean Air Jumbos, was finally able to lead his team to victory and get his hands on the team’s first-ever Championship trophy on March 30.
By defeating the Cheonan Hyundai Capital Services Skywalkers 3-0 in the fourth game. In this Championship tournament, the team won the club’s first Championship title. Previously, they had advanced to the Championship finals four times. These were during the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2016-17 seasons – but always finished runners-up. Each of those four seasons, Han had been with the Jumbos.
When Han first joined the Jumbos in 2007, he was the team’s “third setter,” and wasn’t even at a level to play in practice games. But through practice and coaching, he slowly made his way up to be the team’s captain and the starting setter.
Han Sun-soo on the Jumbos
“When I was a rookie, the only thing I did was pick up balls [during practice],” Han said. “I learned a lot from the setter coach, and when our veteran players got injured, I was given an opportunity. I was lucky.”
Along with Han, Mitja Gasparini played a crucial role in leading the team to the championship victory. But there’s a very low chance that Gasparini will be playing for the Jumbos next season. This is as he has already played two seasons with the team. Due to the rules regarding foreign players in the league, Gasparini will have to go back to league tryouts. Naturally, since it’s unlikely that the Jumbos will have the first pick in the draft, Gasparini will probably be playing in a different uniform next season.