‘Jang Chung Idol’ meets ‘Prince Suwon’…heartwarming ’99s’ best friends who encourage each other

Woori Card’s Kim Ji-han and KEPCO’s Im Seong-jin are best friends who were born in 1999. The “Jangchung Idol” Kim Ji-han and the “Suwon Prince” Im Sung-jin are stars with a lot of female fans. They faced off against each other on the 9th.

On the 9th, the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League men’s game between Woori Card and KEPCO was held at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul. Woori Card won the set 3-1 (25-21 25-23 19-25 25-20), led by Matei’s 21 points, while Han Sung-jung and Kim Ji-han contributed 13 points each.

Woori Card has undergone an off-season rebuilding of its roster and is playing better than it has all season. Woori Card’s dominance is due in part to their new players, but also to the growth of Kim Ji-han.

Kim participated in the 2017-2018 rookie draft and was selected by Hyundai Capital with the 9th overall pick in the second round. He was traded along with Shin Young-seok and Hwang Dong-il in 2020 while he was still serving in the military. After showing promise with KEPCO, he moved back to the Woori Card last season.

Last season, he showed up-and-down performances as an outside hitter and an outside spiker, but this season, he has made the leap to the main roster and has been a consistent performer at outside hitter. Woori Card has been showing a number of events such as the Kim Ji-han Zone and Kim Ji-han Sets in an effort to make her the team’s signature star, as she drives in female fans. 아톰카지노 주소

Kim Ji-han’s teammate, Im Seong-jin, is another KEPCO star. After graduating from Jecheon Industrial High School, Lim was drafted by KEPCO with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2020-2021 rookie draft. From the time he joined the team, he was noted for his resemblance to actor Kim Soo-hyun, and quickly established himself as one of the team’s mainstays as an outside hitter with offensive and defensive capabilities. 

Lim lost the match to his friend Kim Ji-han, but their friendship remained strong, win or lose. After the match, Lim walked over to the Woori Card court, shook hands with Kim and talked for a long time. 

The former best friends are now on different teams, but they continue to grow through goodwill and competition. The two players, both born in the Year of the Rabbit (1999), are the next in a long line of men’s volleyball stars after Moon Sung-min and Kim Yo-han.

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