Most of the men chose career stability. In the women’s division, nearly half of the mercenaries from the previous season are out, and a card more adventurous is waiting.
From the 11th (hereinafter referred to as Korean time) to the 13th, the 2023 Women’s Foreign Tryout hosted by the Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) will be held at Hasan Doan Sport Complex in Turkey, Istanbul. Like the men’s division, it has been held face-to-face for the first time in four years.
Based on the final results of the last season, the order of nomination rights is 7th with 35 Pepper Savings Bank marbles, 6th with IBK Industrial Bank of Korea 30, 5th with GS Caltex 25, 4th with KGC Ginseng Corporation 20, 3rd with 15 Hyundai Engineering & Construction, 2 After being given 10 Heungkuk Life Insurance and 5 marbles for the No. 1 Korea Expressway Corporation, it is determined through a lottery.
Of the 55 applicants received from February 20th to March 28th, a total of 40 players were named to the final list according to each team’s evaluation. Existing players who were active in the 22-23 season were Yelena (Heungkuk Life Insurance), Moma (GS Caltex), Catbell (Korea Expressway Corporation), Yasmin (Hyundai E&C), and Santana (IBK Industrial Bank).
Other ‘V-League Career Jobs’ include Katarina Jovic, who replaced Catbell in the previous season, Sheridan Atkinson in the 19-20 season, and Helen Russo, who belonged to Hyundai E&C in the 20-21 season.
Existing players missing from the list include Elisabeth Ine Barga (former KGC Ginseng Corporation) and Nia Reed (former Pepper Savings Bank메이저놀이터), who was released for allegedly possessing CBD jelly. Montaño, who was recruited as a replacement for Yasmin, was a priority, but he quietly left the country due to poor performance and did not reapply.
Among them, Industrial Bank of Korea is highly likely to seek a new foreign apogee spiker, as revealed through an interview with this magazine. Minkyung Hwang will replace Santana. Ginseng Corporation, where Elisabeth, who scored first place in both men’s and women’s seasons (accumulated 1,015 points), also became a task to find a new mercenary. The situation is not much different at Pepper Savings Bank, where Nia Reed, who was the first pick in the draft, was suddenly released during the season.
The men’s division had no great adventures. Previously, on the 6th and 8th, tryouts were held first in Istanbul, Turkey, and most of the teams renewed contracts with existing mercenaries. Hyundai Capital changed the uniform of Ikbairi, who played for Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in the 22-23 season, with Oreoll out and brought it. There was no ‘adventure’ except for the fact that Woori Card recruited Matei Kok.
There were quite a few departures from the women’s division due to existing players not participating in tryouts, injury issues, and controversies. Therefore, it is expected that there will be a little more movement than the male part.
Notable players among the support players include Palma Dalira (Aposite Spiker, 193cm), who has played for the Cuban national team, and Banja Savic (Aposite Spiker, 192cm), who has a career with the Serbian national team. Vanja Savic also applied for tryouts last season. During his first application, he was evaluated for his ability to break through blockers and for his good defense.
Yasmin is also likely to be seen again in the domestic league depending on the condition of herniated disc recovery. Hyundai E&C led the 21-22 season regular league 1st place and the early 22-23 season league win streak, but due to a back injury, the team dropped out of the middle last December and the team tilted sharply. The power is strong, but you have to embrace the risk of injury. If Yasmin is not selected for this reason, there are actually Catbell, Yelena, and Moma as mercenaries who can renew the contract and remain in Korea.
Meanwhile, the draft will be held on the 13th, the last day of the tryout, at 4:00 pm local time (10:00 pm Korean time).