Park Jung-ah (30, 187cm), who opened a new nest at the Pepper Savings Bank in the women’s professional volleyball team안전놀이터, expressed her anticipation for the new season.
Pepper Savings Bank was founded with ambition for the 2021-2022 season. However, they had to realize the limitations of the new team by staying at the bottom for two consecutive seasons.
Accordingly, Pepper Savings Bank opened its wallet hotly for a rebound in the new season. In the FA (free agent) market, along with Kim Yeon-kyung (35, Heungkuk Life Insurance), the “Volleyball Empress,” Park Jung-ah, who was considered the biggest player, was recruited and made the volleyball world buzz. Kim Yeon-kyung, who remained at Heungkuk Life Insurance, signed a three-year large-scale contract with an annual salary equal to the upper limit of the women’s remuneration of 775 million won.
Pepper Savings Bank, which recruited Park Jung-ah, who is the captain of the women’s volleyball team and is regarded as the best outside hitter in the V-League, is evaluated to have rapidly emerged as a dark horse. In addition, they recruited another free agent outside heater Chae Seon-ah (31), who was a member of KGC Ginseng Corporation, and succeeded in capturing internal free agent outside heater Lee Han-bi (27) and libero Oh Ji-young (35), predicting a blast next season. .
There was also an incident where the main setter Lee Go-eun left the team for a while and then returned. Korea Expressway Corporation was able to select one compensation player for Park Jung-ah’s free agent transfer, but Pepper Savings Bank did not limit Lee Go-eun as a protected player. As a result, the Korea Expressway Corporation chose Lee Go-eun as a compensation player, and Pepper Savings Bank seemed to lose its main setter, but in just six days, it was brought back in a trade that gave middle blocker Ga-eun Choi and the right to pick the first round of the 2023-2024 season draft.
In the Asia Quarter Draft, which was introduced for the first time since the launch of the V-League in 2005, Pepper Savings Bank obtained the 5th pick and selected Filipino middle blocker MJ Phillips (28, 182cm). Unlike the foreign and rookie drafts, which allocate points in the reverse order of last season’s final ranking, the same lottery odds were given, and although they were ranked relatively low, the
In the foreign player draft that followed, he caught a big fish. Yasmin, who played for Hyundai E&C last season, was named second. Yasmin joined Hyundai E&C in the 2021-2022 season and played the role of an ace with 674 points in 30 games. Although he only scored 359 points in 13 games last season due to a back injury, he is expected to be a great help to Pepper Savings Bank’s attack in the new season as he has recently recovered his health.
Attention is focusing on how Yasmin and Park Jung-ah will perform on the left and right wings. Pepper Savings Bank has built a solid pair and raised its power to the next level.
Park Jung-ah has not been able to join the team yet due to a busy schedule after the transfer. Selected for the women’s volleyball team, she has been sweating in preparation for the 2023 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL) at the National Training Center in Jincheon, Chungcheongbuk-do from the 24th of last month.
Park Jung-ah, who met with reporters prior to the national team’s public training held at the Jincheon National Training Center on the 16th, laughed and said, “I haven’t joined the team yet, but things (recruitment) are still happening. I’m looking forward to seeing many new players coming.” As it was an interview about the national team, Park Jung-ah was cautious when asked about her team, saying, “I don’t know if I can say this here.”
The national team will depart for Turkiye for the VNL on the 22nd. From the 30th to July 2nd, the VNL schedule will be held in Turkiye, Brazil, and Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. Since then, Asian Championships, Paris Olympic Qualifiers,
y succeeded in reinforcing the middle blocker position, which was considered a weakness.