Will Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance rebuild its reputation with both wings?

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which stayed at the bottom of the 2022-2023 season, aims for a rebound with strong wings.안전놀이터

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance took the luck of being nominated first in both the 2023 Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) Men’s Asian Quarter and the Foreign Player Draft. For the Asian quarter, Mongolian apogeit spiker Eddie (24, 198cm) and as a foreign player, Cuban outside hitter Yosbani Hernandez (31, 201cm) was selected. 

The Asian quota is the first system introduced since the launch of the V-League in 2005. The order of nomination was determined by lottery with the same probability, unlike the foreign and rookie drafts, in which the odds of the lottery are assigned in the reverse order of last season’s final ranking. Here, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance obtained the right to be nominated and selected Eddy.

In 2017, Eddie left his native Mongolia to fulfill his dream of becoming a volleyball player and entered Suncheon Jeil High School, a prestigious Korean volleyball school. After graduating from high school, he went to Sungkyunkwan University and was coached by Samsung Fire Manager Kim Sang-woo, who served as the command tower at the time. And through this tryout, I reunited with coach Kim. Of course, his outstanding skills were recognized, and he is of Mongolian nationality, but he is fluent in Korean, so he does not need an interpreter.  

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance won the second place in the foreign player draft following OK Financial Group. However, since OK Financial Group re-signed with Leo (33, 206cm), the top scorer (921 points) last season, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance took first place. In response, coach Kim Sang-woo nominated Yosubani, who was considered the biggest player in this tryout.

Yosubani is a player with a lot of experience in the V-League. He has been active at OK Financial Group in the 2018-2019 season, Hyundai Capital in the 2019-2020 season, and Korean Air in the 2020-2021 season. He returned to the V-League after three years with the honor of first place nomination in this tryout. 

In the evaluation match held on the 6th and 7th, Yosubani showed off his outstanding skills and received the attention of the managers of the 7 clubs. Director Kim Sang-woo, who selected Yosubani in the draft, said, “He has the basic skills and sense for volleyball. He is at the level of knowing volleyball. It cannot be said that his performance is extremely good, but he is a verified player.” Hyundai Capital coach Choi Tae-woong, who worked with Yosbani in the past, praised him as “a more mature play than back then.”

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance recorded 11 wins, 25 losses and 36 points last season, and stayed at the bottom. After the 2019-2020 season, they failed to advance to the postseason for 4 consecutive seasons, destroying the pride of a famous family that won 8 times, the most in the men’s championship match. 

However, through the Asian Quarter and the draft of foreign players, the offensive team was successfully reinforced. Head coach Kim Sang-woo said, “Due to the team’s circumstances, the offensive power is insufficient.” “The libero and middle blocker positions are fine. We are focusing on strengthening the offensive side.” . It remains to be seen whether the two players will take the lead in rebuilding the reputation of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance next season.

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