“I was prepared to leave”… Japanese libero knocking on the door of the V-League, confident with reason

 Confidence was evident in the voice of Ryohei Iga (29) of Japan, who is considered the greatest libero language.

The Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) held the 2023 KOVO Men’s Asian Quarter Tryout in Jeju Island for three days from the 25th.

On the 25th, they had a medical check and physical examination, as well as a practice game with the Armed Forces Sports Unit (Sangmu). On the 26th, a meeting between the managers and players of the 7 clubs was held for about 2 hours, and a practice match was held as in the previous day.

With several strikers on the lips of managers, including outside hitters and positivity spikers, Libero Iga is also one of the favorites to be nominated. Two clubs in need of the libero have their eyes on him.

Iga, whom I met after안전놀이터 the practice game, said, “I think I showed 100% performance.” He was determined and challenged,” he said, revealing his firm will toward the V-League.

The two clubs who want Lee Ga said, “As I’ve heard, the basics are good. In addition to receive and dig, side plays such as double connection are also neat,” he said in unison, and his skills are outstanding.

When asked to choose the more confident play between receive and dig, Iga showed confidence by saying, “Should I choose one of the two?” At the same time, he laughed, saying, “It is difficult to say which one is better in comparison.”

It is a position that requires the center of defense. Communication between players is important, and Iga was full of confidence in this area as well. He said, “There were foreign players in the Japanese team. You can communicate in English. He plans to study steadily,” he appealed to himself.

“The Libero should value team play. It is a good libero to be able to move other players through communication.”

Head coach Tommy Tilikhainen had led Wolfdogs Nagoya in Japan before coming to Korean Air. Iga said, “I know director Tommy well. He said, “I couldn’t have a conversation with him because there was no point of contact in Japan, but when I came here, I was told to ‘work hard’.”

Iga is a member of the Panasonic Panthers in the Japanese business team V.League. When he plays in the V-League, his salary doubles. This is because players selected from the Asian Quarter receive an annual salary of 100,000 dollars (including tax).

Iga said, “I was determined to leave the company and took on the challenge. He also wants to live a long life in the Korean league. He has aspirations to go abroad,” he said, revealing his will to join the V-League.

The final draft will be held at the Jeju Sun Hotel on the 27th. For player selection, one player can be selected with the same 1/7 probability per team to establish fairness between clubs. Which club will Iga head for?

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