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Industrial Bank of Korea selects first female foreign setter… Asia Quarter No. 1 Thai national team main setter Phonpun Appointed

IBK Industrial Bank of Korea nominated a foreign setter for the first time in women’s professional volleyball history.

IBK Industrial Bank obtained the first choice in the 2023 KOVO Women’s Asia Quarter Draft held at the Stanford Hotel in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the 21st and selected setter Fontun Gedpard (30, Thailand).

Phonpun, who is 173 cm tall, is currently active as the main setter for the Thai national team and was selected as the biggest language in this draft. It is very unusual for a women’s professional volleyball team to appoint a foreign setter for the first time in history.
This is because she has been extremely reluctant to select foreign players because the setter has to coordinate with the players for a long time as the core of her power. However, IBK Industrial Bank coach Kim Ho-cheol boldly designated a setter from Thailand as the first in the Asian Quarter Draft. It is judged that she has the confidence that Thai setters are never inferior to her domestic setters.
In the meantime, in the men’s division, there is Vlado Petkovic, who played for Woori Capital in the 2009-2010 season as a foreign setter.

Hyundai E&C, which won the second place nomination, selected 174 cm tall outside heater Wipawi Sitong (24, Thailand).

In the third place, KGC Ginseng Corporation chose Megawatti Puttiwe (24), an apogeit spiker for the Indonesian national team.

The Korea Expressway 안전놀이터Corporation nominated 180cm tall apogee spiker Tanacha Soksot (23, Thailand) as the fourth priority, and the 5th ranked Pepper Savings Bank named MJ Phillips (28, Philippines), a middle blocker with a height of 182cm.

GS Caltex in the 6th place selected Medy Yoku (24), an outside hitter for the Indonesian national team, and Heungkuk Life Insurance, in the 7th place, selected Japanese striker Reina Dokoku (24), respectively.

On this day, the order of nomination was determined by an equal probability lottery method in which 10 marbles from 7 teams were randomly selected in a probability lottery machine.

Apart from the existing foreign player system, which contracts one player per team, the Asian Quarter recruits players from a total of 10 countries, including 4 East Asian countries (Japan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong) and 6 Southeast Asian countries (Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar). It is a new system in which one person per team is selected as the target.

Previously, 23 players (8 from Thailand, 6 from the Philippines, 3 from Japan, 3 from Indonesia, 1 from Taiwan, and 2 from Hong Kong) submitted applications.

As a result, 3 people from Thailand, 2 people from Indonesia, and 1 person each from Japan and the Philippines were selected.

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