There may be a nominee, but you don’t know until you open the lid.
The Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) started a three-day메이저놀이터 tryout schedule for the 2023 women’s foreign players, starting with a practice game held at Hassan Doan Sport Complex in Istanbul, Turkey on the afternoon of the 11th (Korean time).
On the first day of the tryout schedule, 31 out of 40 invited players participated. Five players, including Sheridan Atkinson (27, USA), Helen Russo (32, Belgium), and Indre Sorokaite (35, Italy/Lithuania), who were highly favored by the club, were absent due to team circumstances. Three said they would participate in the draft on Day 2 and one on Day 3.
What draws attention is Yasmin Bedart, who played an active part in V-League Hyundai E&C until last season. He was sidelined with a back injury during the season, but he will try again next season. However, he has not yet recovered from the surgery, so he focused on warming up and not hitting his ball.
The players improved their condition little by little with bright expressions. Then, when the setter introduced locally raised the ball, the players hit the spike. He raised his thumb high when a powerful spike went off, and shook his head from side to side when a miss hit or the desired attack didn’t come out.
The smiles disappeared from the faces of the players when the evaluation match began, divided into six groups of five. In the evaluation match, which was played like a real match without a libero, the players met for the first time, but encouraged each other like old teammates. When a good play came out, they praised it with applause and shouted to warm up the atmosphere.
Officials from the seven women’s clubs also closely observed the players. They filmed the match video with their smartphones and evaluated their skills while talking to each other. Unlike the non-face-to-face tryout conducted with Corona 19, the eyes of the officials showed the sincerity of seeing and selecting proper workers this time.
It was passionate. Most of the coaches came down to the court and observed as close to the players as possible. Heungkuk Life Insurance coach Marcello Abondanza looked at the players from a high place on the second floor. Pepper Savings Bank Aachen Kim also kept talking with the coaching staff at the back of the court and was cautious. Korea Expressway Corporation coach Kim Jong-min showed enthusiasm by looking at the list of players and taking notes.
Nasya Dmitrova (31, Bulgaria), who made her first challenge in the V-League, caught the eye by mixing strong spikes and repeated hits. Sharon Chechumna (25, Kenya) also jumped up from among the players and struck hard. Mikaya White (27, USA), who is short but has good jumping power, also left a good impression. On the contrary, the tall Banja Bukirich (24, Serbia) easily attacked with high RBI, and Cathy Williams (24, USA) used a strong serve that made the stadium resonate.
The coaches who watched the players spared their words. Although he did not clearly reveal his true intentions, certain players were mentioned by several coaches. GS Caltex coach Sang-Hyun Cha said, “There are pros and cons to non-face-to-face and face-to-face tryouts.” He evaluated, “The non-face-to-face video is during the season, so the players are in good condition and doing well, but now the league is over and the body is not 100%.” He said that he had the advantage of seeing with his own eyes, but the physical condition of the players was disappointing. Director Kim of the Korea Expressway Corporation commented, “It seems that we are not ready today, so we need to understand more.”
In this tryout, V-League foreign player legend Madelaine Montaño (Colombia) also visited the site to watch the players. Although he stays in Europe, he visits a field held in Türkiye for encouragement. Montaño played three seasons at KGC Ginseng Corporation from 2009 to 2012, lifting the championship trophy twice.