IBK Industrial Bank, which secured the first overall pick in the 2023 Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) female foreign player draft, chose Apposite Spiker (Light) Britney Abercrombie (28).
Industrial Bank of Korea selected Abercrombie,안전놀이터 who has dual citizenship of the United States and Puerto Rico, as the first overall pick in a draft held in Istanbul, Turkey on the 13th (Korean time). In the previous lottery for nomination rights, Industrial Bank of Korea was lucky. In the 2022-2023 season, a bead probability lottery was conducted in reverse order of performance, and IBK, which put the second largest number of beads (30) in the lottery machine, obtained the nomination right before the lowest-ranked Pepper Savings Bank (35 beads) last season. It was then decided in the order of Heungkuk Life Insurance – KGC Ginseng Corporation – Hyundai Construction – GS Caltex – Korea Expressway Corporation.
The first manager of Industrial Bank of Korea, Kim Ho-chul, who took the microphone, nominated Abercrombie for his outstanding offense without hesitation. Due to the club schedule, he was unable to participate in the two evaluation matches during the tryout period, and arrived in Istanbul on the day of the draft and digested the evaluation match immediately. Coach Kim explained, “I watched the video over and over again, and I thought about picking him before I came to the tryout.” He highly evaluated the advantage of being left-handed with a wide range of attacks, and judged that he was the most suitable player for the team situation where he had to play ‘speed volleyball’. Coach Kim emphasized, “He could have picked a tall player, but he chose a player who could match well with our setter.”
Abercrombie also expressed satisfaction. Having finished the final match of the championship game in Puerto Rico, he said, “I feel so good to be selected and I look forward to playing in Korea.” . We are ready to accept new challenges.”
Pepper Savings Bank, which exercised its nomination right in second place, selected Yasmin Bedart (27, USA), who had fallen out of the race last season due to a back injury. While Heungkuk Life Insurance in third place renewed the contract with Yelena Mrazenovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) early on, Ginseng Corporation in the fourth order chose outsider heater (left) Giovanna Milana (25, USA). Milana is not tall at 186 cm, but was evaluated as stable in both offense and defense.
Following this, Hyundai E&C picked Moma Basoko (30, 184cm) from Cameroon, who was recognized for her skills while playing for GS Caltex for the previous two seasons, and GS Caltex picked Giselle Silva (32, 191cm) from Cuba, while defending champion Road Corporation Serbia Banja Bukirich (24 198 cm) of As a result, there was only one foreign player, Matei Kok (Woori Card), who was experiencing the V-League for the first time in the men’s division, but four new faces appeared in the women’s division.