“I noticed that there is a professional mindset.”
At 11:00 pm on the 13th in Korean time, the 2023 Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) women’s foreign player draft was held in Turkey, Istanbul. It was conducted face-to-face in four years.
The draft order is in reverse order of last season’s results: 7th Pepper Savings Bank (35 marbles), 6th IBK Industrial Bank (30), 5th GS Caltex (25), 4th KGC Ginseng Corporation (20), 3rd Beads were distributed to Hyundai Engineering & Construction (15), Heungkuk Life Insurance (10) in second place, and Korea Expressway Corporation (5) in first place. 38 players, including 34 invited players and 4 existing players, were targeted. Excluding Heungkuk Life Insurance, who renewed the contract with Yelena Mrazenovic (26, Bosnia/Serbia, 196cm) the day before, six clubs selected one out of 37 players.
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As a result of the lottery, the order of selection was decided in the order of IBK Industrial Bank of Korea, Pepper Savings Bank, Heungkuk Life Insurance, KGC Ginseng Corporation, Hyundai E&C, GS Caltex, and Korea Expressway Corporation.
While IBK Industrial Bank chose Britney Abercrombie (28, USA/Puerto Rico, 191cm), Pepper Savings Bank boldly nominated Yasmin Bedart (27, USA/Israel, 193cm).
Yasmin was out of the season after suffering a back injury at Hyundai E&C last season and is recovering, but she boldly bet on the game. During this tryout period, Yasmin did not participate in the evaluation match and simply warmed up. A healthy Yasmin could be a top-performing player, but under the current circumstances, it could be an adventurous choice.안전놀이터
In the 2021-22 season, which was his first season on the Korean stage, he made a big success with 674 points in 30 games, an attack success rate of 42.81%, and a serve of 0.442 per set.
Aachen Manager Kim Pepper Savings Bank said, “I thought it would be helpful for a young club like us entering the third year to have a V-League veteran. Although he is already a proven player, he can take responsibility for such reliance, and in addition to his height and ability being proven, I think this player can also play the role of a veteran as a player. It is not common for foreign players to be classified as veterans in Korea. He said, “There are cases where foreign players play until the second year, but there are not many players who have played until the third year.”
“No matter who you choose, the risk is the same. He was asked where he had been rehabilitated during an interview with the club and the player, and he said that he was rehabilitated in a famous and reliable place in LA, USA. I think I can fully recover from an injury in 6 months. Yasmin said he is a veteran pro and he knows what to do. He chose it because he knew he had a professional mindset,” he added.
Can Pepper Savings Bank and Yasmin’s companionship end successfully?