More Diverse Nationalities more Records Ready for the V-League Campaign

The V-League enters its 20th season. 

The Dodram 2023-2024 V-League is expected to add interest as there are new changes and various points to watch.

The Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) said on the 10th, “The six-month long journey will begin with the match between Korean Air and Hyundai Capital at Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon at 2 p.m. on the 14th, and between Korea Expressway Corporation and Heungkuk Life Insurance at Gimcheon Indoor Gymnasium at 4 p.m. “He said.

The regular league is scheduled for a total of 252 games, 126 games each for men and women, over 6 rounds until March 17th next year. 

The postseason, if semi-playoffs are held, will be held from March 20 to 27, and the subsequent championship game will be held from March 28 to April 6 in a best-of-five format.

Starting this season, the ‘Asia Quota’ system will be introduced in the V-League for the first time. 

Asian players from six countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Mongolia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, will show off their skills.

In the men’s division, there are Eddy (Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance) and Bayar Saihan (OK Financial Group) from Mongolia, who came to Korea in 2017 and graduated from Suncheon Jeil High School and Sungkyunkwan University and Inha University, respectively. 

The two players are now playing in the V-League six years after moving to Korea. 

In particular, Eddie met his teacher, coach Kim Sang-woo, again while playing for a professional team while attending Sungkyunkwan University.

Taiwanese national team midblocker Tsai Feichang, who was selected as the best middle blocker in the 22-23 season in the Taiwan League, plays for Hyundai Capital. 

Liu Hongmin (KB Insurance), an outside hitter for the Taiwanese national team, has also played in several leagues, including not only in Taiwan but also in Japan and Thailand.

Also, libero Ryohei Iga (Korea Electric Power Corporation), who played for the Japanese V-League Panasonic Panthers until last season, and Apogee Issey Otake (Woori Card), a former Japanese national team player who also played for the Panasonic Panthers and won the league twice and was runner-up, , Philippine outside hitter Mark Espejo (Korean Air), who has been playing for the Philippine national team since being selected as an 18-year-old in 2015, is also on standby.

In the women’s division, three Thai players attract attention. Starting setter Ponpun Gedpard (IBK Industrial Bank of Korea), Apogit Thanacha Suk Sot (Korea Expressway Corporation), and outside heater Wipawi Sitong (Hyundai Engineering & Construction) played well in the last VNL and this year’s Hangzhou Asian Games. 카지노사이트랭크

Indonesia’s Megawatti Puttiwi (Cheong Kwan-jang) led Indonesia to a runner-up finish in the 2023 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Challenger Cup Women’s Tournament held in June and was selected as the Best Apogee Spiker of the tournament. 

Megawatti is expected to wear a hijab, a traditional Muslim woman’s attire, to the game, creating an unprecedented scene in the history of the V-League.

Pepper Savings Bank middle blocker MJ Phillips, who is of mixed American and Filipino descent, played in the Philippine league after graduating from American university, and GS Caltex’s Iris Tolenada played for the Philippine national team while also winning various individual awards in her country’s league. 

Heungkuk Life Insurance Reina Tokoku, who has a Ghanaian father and a Japanese mother, also played in the Japanese Super League for four years and advanced to the Finnish league in the 22-23 season to gain experience in overseas leagues.

In the case of foreign players, the men’s division consists of players from six countries: Cuba, Spain, Australia, Libya, Slovenia, and the Netherlands, and the women’s division consists of players from five countries: the United States, Bosnia, Cameroon, Cuba, and Serbia.

Including the Asian quota players, this season. You can meet foreign players from a total of 16 countries on the court.

As the new season begins, some players and coaches are starting with new teams.

In the men’s division, there are Hwang Seung-bin, who transferred to KB Insurance through a 1-to-1 trade, Han Seong-jeong, who returned to Woori Card after 1 year and 6 months, and OK Financial Group’s Song Hee-chae and Woori Card’s Song Myeong-geun, who swapped uniforms.

In the women’s division, there were many changes, including Park Jeong-ah and Jeong Dae-young, the main players in last season’s Korea Expressway Corporation championship, moving to Pepper Savings Bank and GS Caltex, respectively, Hwang Min-kyung transferring to IBK Industrial Bank of Korea, and Kim Su-ji transferring to Heungkuk Life Insurance. 

It will be interesting to note how veteran players who are still showing good skills will perform after their transfer.

In addition, OK Financial Group Massage coach Ogino of the men’s team and Pepper Savings Bank coach Joe Tringe of the women’s team are scheduled to make their first regular league debuts since taking office.

It will be interesting to see how long the records of veteran players, who are currently ranked first in each category, will continue.

In the men’s division, KEPCO’s Shin Young-seok is aiming for his all-time blocking score of 1,200 with 1,146 blocking points. Korean Air player Han, who is recording 17,551 successful sets, is aiming for the 18,000 successful sets of all time.

In the women’s division, Yang Hyo-jin of Hyundai Engineering & Construction is close to reaching 1,500 blocking points with 1,451 blocking points. 

Korea Expressway Corporation’s Myeong-ok Lim has 15,995 successful defenses, leaving only 5 records behind the all-time record of 16,000 successful defenses.

Also, whether Leo of OK Financial Group in the men’s division, who won 7 round MVPs each, and Hyojin Yang of Hyundai Engineering & Construction in the women’s division won the MVP of the 8th round, and how much more games Yeo Oh-hyun of Hyundai Capital, who has played in the most games across the men’s and women’s divisions with a total of 603 regular league games, has played in.

Expectations are high as to whether he will make an appearance.

The Korea Volleyball Federation said, “We plan to make full preparations to make the league more fun and smooth, and we also plan to accelerate preparations for various projects to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the federation’s launch in October 2024 next year.”

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