Will he be able to show the fast volleyball that the Thai national team showed in the V-League?
On the 21st, the Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) held the 2023 KOVO Women’s Asian Quarter Draft at the Grand Ballroom of the Stanford Hotel in Sangam, Seoul.
It received a lot of attention because it was the first Asian quarter introduced in the V-League. In this women’s Asian Quarter, Thai nationality players submitted the most applications (8).
And among them, 3 Thai players were selected by the V-League clubs. Setter Ponpun Gedpard was the first to be called among all players and wore the IBK Industrial Bank uniform.
Right away, outside heater Wipawi Sitong was selected by Hyundai E&C in second place, and Apogee Spiker Tanacha Sooksot was selected by Korea Expressway Corporation in fourth place.
The momentum of the Thai women’s national team is sky-high in recent international competitions. In the 2022 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL) preliminaries, it showed stable receiving and fast volleyball, finishing 8th with 5 wins and 7 losses and 15 points, and succeeded in advancing to the final round for the first time in history.
At the 2022 FIVB World Championship that followed, he surprised the world by defeating strong Turkiye and advancing to the second round.
Based on these results, Thailand, which was ranked 19th in the world rankings at the start of the 2022 FIVB VNL, is currently ranked 15th. This is the third highest ranking in Asia after China (5th) and Japan (6th). It is the opposite trend with Korea, which has fallen from 14th before the start of the 2022 FIVB VNL to 23rd.
And the three players nominated in the Asia Quarter are the players who played an active part in the Thai national team and contributed to Thailand’s rise.
Phonpun is the most central player enough to captain the Thai national team. Ponpun, who has the advantage of running the game with faster and more accurate toss than opponent blockers, is the backbone of the Thai national team.
Sitong said that although he did not participate in the 2022 FIVB World Championship, since 2017 when he was 18 years old, he has been recognized for his skills enough to be called up to the Thai national team.
Suk Sot is also a young apositive spiker born in 2000. Although he cannot play many matches because the Thai national team currently has an ace named Kokram Pimpichaya, he is consistently selected for the Thai national team and is receiving a lot of attention. He was also shown to be active as an outside hitter when he was active in the Japanese V-League. 메이저사이트
These are players who can perform fast volleyball well that all clubs in the recent V-League want. However, as they are not tall players with Phonpun 173cm, Sitong 174cm, and Suksot 180cm, they may show their limits in height.
Fans are interested in whether they can play fast volleyball and bring a new wind to the V-League, as they showed in the Thai national team.