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“When I was 17…” Matei Kok returned as the only ‘new face’ after 10 years

“If it wasn’t for Yosbani, I would have nominated Matei Kok,” said Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance coach Kim Sang-woo, who nominated Yosbani Hernandez as the second-choice pick.

The 2023 Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) men’s tryout held in Istanbul, Turkey for three days from the 6th to the 8th was completed. 

The first nomination right was taken by OK Financial Group. However, with the renewal of the contract with Leo confirmed, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance (2nd place) exercised the actual first place nomination. Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance nominated Yosbani Hernandez (Cuba/Italy, 201cm), who received good reviews in the field. 

Four clubs (Korean Air-Lincoln, KB Insurance-Villena, OK Financial Group-Leo, Korea Electric Power-Tice), which accounted for more than half of the seven teams, turned to renew contracts with foreign players. Ikbairi, who belonged to Samsung Fire Insurance in the previous season, moved to Hyundai Capital.

Woori Card is the only one that recruited ‘New Face’. Matei Kok (Slovenia, outside heater, 199cm), nominated by coach Shin Young-chul of Woori Card, is newly stepping into the V-League. On the field, it was evaluated as unexpected. Matei Kok was a player who was outside the rankings, let alone the top ranks, in the preliminary preference survey. However, Samsung Fire & Marine Manager Kim also revealed that he has some skills worth keeping an eye on, saying, “If it weren’t for Yosubani, I would have picked Matei Cock.” 

Coach Shin, who exercised the unexpected designation, pondered over Yosubani and Matei Kok, but decisively gave more points to receiving. In an interview after the nomination, he said, “Yosbani is better in performance, and Matei Kok is better in receiving,” he said. He explained the reason for the nomination, saying, “If you think about a player’s blocking, you have power, but you also have to think about defense.”  카지노사이트

Matei Kok, who was pointed out unexpectedly, also couldn’t hide his recalled feelings. He confessed, “It was so good, I didn’t expect it at all,” and “I was stressed because it was my first time attending such a big event, but I think I became more emotional.”

Micha Gasparini, who was active in Korea in the last 12-13 seasons (Hyundai Capital) and 16-19 (Korean Air), is his colleague. Matei Kok, who answered that he knew the Korean league well through Gasparini, said, “I heard that the system is well established and the club’s support is good.” I will do my best to become a leader.” 


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