Unexpected results came out. Still, I picked the right players for the team, and they were generally satisfied.
The 2023 Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) women’s foreign player draft, which was held face-to-face for the first time in four years in Istanbul, Turkey, was completed on the 13th (hereinafter Korean time). Among the 7 foreign players, 4 were new faces.
The draft order was a lottery in which beads were distributed in the reverse order of last season’s performance. 38 players, including 34 invited players and 4 existing players. Excluding Heungkuk Life Insurance, who renewed the contract with Yelena Mrazenovic (26, Bosnia/Serbia, 1m96) the day before, six clubs selected one out of 37 players.
Lottery Results IBK Industrial Bank (6th, 30), Pepper Savings Bank (7th, 35), Heungkuk Life Insurance (2nd, 10), KGC Ginseng Corporation (4th, 20), Hyundai Engineering & Construction (3rd) · 15 items), GS Caltex (5th place, 25 items), Korea Expressway Corporation (1st place, 5 items), the order of selection was decided.
No. 1 IBK Industrial Bank manager Kim Ho-cheol selected Brittany Abercrombie. Photo courtesy of KOVO
IBK Industrial Bank manager Kim Ho-chul, who was the first to step on the podium, chose Britney Abercrombie (28, USA/Puerto Rico, 1m91). After digesting the club schedule, Abercrombie arrived in Istanbul at dawn on the day of the draft in local time and digested the evaluation match immediately. Other clubs reacted unexpectedly to coach Kim’s bold decision.
Director Kim was delighted with a big smile when the beads were picked first. He explained the background of the selection, saying, “I thought about picking it before the tryout,” and “I watched the video over and over again.” He added, “I’m not a flashy and powerful player, but I picked him for our team.”
He said that he highly evaluated the advantage of being left-handed and wide in attack. There is also a reason that he is the best player for team situations where he has to play speed volleyball. Coach Kim emphasized, “I could have picked a taller player, but I chose a player who could match well with our setter.”
Even Abercrombie laughed. He expressed his feelings, “It feels so good to be selected, and I look forward to playing in Korea.” He emphasized, “(The V-League) is highly dependent on foreign players, so I know that there is a burden and a sense of responsibility,” and “I am ready to accept a new challenge.”
Pepper Savings Bank Aachen Kim appointed Yasmin Bedart (27, USA/Israel, 1m93). He was recovering after being out of the season after suffering a back injury at Hyundai E&C last season, but he boldly bet on the game. During this tryout period, Yasmin did not participate in the evaluation match and simply warmed up.
Manager Kim explained the background of Yasmin’s nomination, saying, “I thought it would be helpful to have a V-League veteran in a young club entering the third year.” Regarding the risk of injury, he said, “No matter who you choose, the risk is the same,” and “I think you can fully recover from an injury in six months.”
Yasmin also said, “My spine has fully recovered and I am in the process of increasing my strength.”
Pepper Savings Bank Aachen Kim is taking a commemorative photo with Yasmin. Photo courtesy of KOVO
KGC Ginseng Corporation director Go Hee-jin pointed out Giovanna Milana (25, USA, 1m86). Coach Ko was satisfied, saying, “I was the player I placed first.”메이저놀이터
Hyundai Engineering & Construction coach Kang Seong-hyeong called Leticia Moma Basoko (30, Cameroon, 1m84), who played for GS Caltex last season. GS Caltex coach Sang-Hyun Cha, who decided not to renew the contract with MoMA the day before, chose Gisele Silva (32, Cuba/Azerbaijan, 1m91).
Lastly, the “defending champion,” coach Kim Jong-min of Korea Expressway Corporation, pointed to Banja Bukirich (24, Serbia, 1m98), who was well-received throughout the tryout period. Bukirich, the tallest player in this draft, was evaluated as reminiscent of Meretta Lutz (USA), who led GS Caltex to victory in the past.
Coach Kim said, “The player I thought of remained and it was the last one, but I’m very satisfied.” He continued, “First of all, height is a strength,” he explained, “even when blocking and attacking, he was very tall compared to other players.”
Rather than ordering the skills of the players, we selected players who play volleyball that are necessary for the team. We can find out in October if he fits well with the colors of the team.