MANILA, Philippines – South Korean volleyball superstar Kim Yeon-koung quickly became a fan favorite during the 2017 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship in Biñan, Laguna.
After barely playing in the preliminary round, "KYK" steadily saw action in the classification phase and led Korea to a third-place finish.
She scored eight points in their 25-11, 25-18, 25-20 victory over China on Thursday afternoon to secure the bronze.
Kim won't be going with just the bronze medal, however, after a young fan gifted her with a bouquet of flowers after the game.
According to the towering open hitter, the young boy wanted to give her the flowers before the game, but she told him to wait until the end.
"He then came to me, and he was so cute," KYK said. "My heart was so thankful."
Kim, who helped South Korea take down the Philippines last Monday, is grateful for the warm welcome that they received in the country.
"I didn't expect that there's much people supporting me here in the Philippines," she admitted. "When I came here, I'm really surprised that a lot of people support me, and they know me. I was really feeling great to be here, and I'm thankful for the Filipino fans."
"Thank you so much to the Filipino fans," she also said. "When I play here, it's like I'm playing at home. It was great to play here."
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