Although the main players have been transferred through free agency, young players who will be responsible for the future of the team have newly joined.
The women’s FA (free agent) market came to an end, and all subsequent nominations for compensation players were completed. Clubs that recruited A-class free agents presented protected players by 12:00 on the 23rd, and the selection of protected players was made by 18:00 on the 26th.
Korea Expressway Corporation, Hyundai E&C, and IBK Industrial Bank were transferred as three A-class players, Park Jung-ah (Korea Expressway Corporation → Pepper Savings Bank), Hwang Min-gyeong (Hyundai E&C → IBK Industrial Bank), and Kim Su-ji (IBK Industrial Bank of Korea → Heungkuk Life Insurance) transferred. It is now possible to nominate a reward player.
Korea Expressway Corporation chose to reinforce the setter position, which was considered an Achilles heel this season, by appointing Lee Go-eun. In addition, a year after transferring to Pepper Savings Bank, he returned to his home team.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Engineering & Construction and IBK Industrial Bank of Korea started to reinforce the position of the transferred player. Hyundai E&C minimized power losses in each position by appointing Kim Joo-hyang to IBK Industrial Bank and IBK Industrial Bank of Korea to Heungkuk Life Insurance Lim Hye-rim.
At Hyundai E&C, both of the main outside heater positions became vacant. This is because along with Hwang Min-kyung’s transfer, Go Ye-rim will have to leave for a long time due to knee surgery. There are Jung Ji-yoon and Chung Si-young as the remaining outside hitters, but during the off-season, Jung Ji-yoon is selected for the national team, so there is not much time to match.
In the women’s Asia Quarter, which took place earlier, Hyundai E&C nominated Thailand’s outside heater Wipawi Sitong. At the time, coach Kang Seong-hyung said, “I was active as a member of the Thai national team, and when I watched the video, my reception was stable. He also had a powerful attack.”
Along with the Asia Quarter, Hyundai E&C succeeded in reinforcing the outside heater squad as a compensation player. Kim Joo-hyang played more than 20 games in each season for 5 seasons, except for his first professional season, and set a record for receiving efficiency exceeding 25%. He often came as a substitute in the 2022-2023 season, but in the previous season, he was also in charge of one axis of the team as a starter.
An official from Hyundai E&C also said, “I decided that it would be helpful for the team in defense and attack in the outside heater position.”
It became a land of opportunity for Kim Joo-hyang, who returned to her former team after a long absence. Now he has to show his skills.
IBK Industrial Bank of Korea nominated Lim Hye-rim, a rookie middle blocker. As a 184 cm middle blocker, he was selected as a national team member for the 2022 AVC Cup. In the 2022-2023 season, he was selected as the 2nd pick in the 1st round, and at the time of the draft, Lim Hye-rim was evaluated as ‘jumping, blocking hand shape, and attack RBI height are considerable’.
An official from the club said, “After receiving a list of protected players from Heungkuk Life Insurance and struggling, we nominated them to secure future resources with great height, excellent jumping power, and strong attack power.” Lim Hye-rim played in 18 matches and 30 sets last season, leaving a somewhat disappointing result of 18 points and 0.200 per blocking set, but after each game, he left a mark on many people. 안전놀이터
Kim Hee-jin, who used to go back and forth between Apposite and Middle Blocker at IBK Industrial Bank, needs about a year of rehabilitation due to knee surgery. Currently, the remaining middle blockers are Choi Jung-min, Kim Hyun-jung, and Jeon Hyeon-kyung, making a thin squad.
Heungkuk Life Insurance boasts a thick middle blocker squad including Kim Su-ji, Lee Joo-ah, Kim Chae-yeon, Kim Na-hee, and Byun Ji-soo. Transferring could be a new challenge for Lim Hye-rim. She started in the 3rd year of middle school and has short verbal skills, but her potential has been proven.
She has been the mainstay of the team for a long time, and Hyundai E&C and IBK Industrial Bank gave up the present, but received the future. What will they do next season?
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