A season depends on the choice of the moment.
The Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) started a three-day tryout schedule, starting with an evaluation match held at Hassan Doan Sport Complex in Istanbul, Turkey on the afternoon of the 11th (Korean time).
Yasmin Bedart (27, USA, 1m93), who played for Hyundai Engineering & Construction in the V-League last season but was out for the season due to a back injury, also took on a second challenge. However, since he had not yet recovered from the surgery, he did not hit the ball and focused on warming up.
On the first day of the tryout schedule, 31 out of 40 invited players participated. Five players, including Sheridan Atkinson (27, USA, 1m96), Helen Russo (32, Belgium, 1m88), and Indre Sorokaite (35, Italy/Lithuania, 1m86), 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.
They were divided into 6 groups of 5 each and the evaluation match began, and officials from the 7 women’s clubs carefully 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.
Most of the coaches came down to the court and observed as close to the players as possible. When the player who was filmed in advance spiked, his gaze followed. 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, 1m90), who challenged for the first time in the V-League, caught the eye by mixing strong spikes and repeated hits. Sharon Chechumna (25, Kenya, 1m86) also jumped up among the players and hit hard. Mikaya White (27, USA, 1m83), who is short but has good jumping power, also left a good impression. On the contrary, the tall Banja Bukirich (24, Serbia, 1m98) easily attacked from a high RBI point, and Cathy Williams (24, USA, 1m83) made full use of 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 player is in good condition and doing well, but now the league is over and the body is not 100%.”
Director Kim of the road construction said, “It seems that I am not ready today, so I need to understand more.”안전놀이터
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 the field held in Turkiye as an encouragement. Montaño played three seasons at KGC Ginseng Corporation from the 2009 season to 2012 and lifted the championship trophy twice.
Players who have completed the medical test on this day will meet with the coaches after the evaluation match on the 12th. After the last evaluation match on the 13th, the final draft will determine the players to play in the V-League.