‘The second coming of Lutz, the protagonist of GS Caltex Treble?’ Female volleyball coaches’ eye stamp ‘bang’
It’s not a strong one shot, but the 안전놀이터attack is smooth. Hit the spike easily with high RBI. Blocking from big keys is also good. This is why the commanders of the V-League women’s division are paying attention.
Banja Bukirich (24, Serbia, 1m98) performed impressively in the evaluation match on the first day of the Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) women’s foreign player tryout held at Hasan Doan Sport Complexi in Turkey, Istanbul on the 11th (hereinafter Korean time).
Bukirich is the biggest among the 40 players who participated in this tryout. She stood out from a glance. She is an apogee spiker, her offense light, and the balls she hits stab the corners of the court. He doesn’t put much power, but blockers couldn’t catch attacks made with high RBIs. Conversely, Bukirich’s blocking created a high wall right in front of the net.
His body shape, appearance, and volleyball style also remind me of someone. This is Meretta Lutz (USA), who has been active in the V-League for two seasons since the 2019-2020 season and gave GS Caltex a treble (winning the cup, 1st place in the regular league, and winning the championship match). The story flowed out that there was a feeling of Lutz here and there in the stadium.
Even before the tryout, Bukirich was the number one preference of coaches. After the 31 players played in the evaluation match on the first day, the coaches mentioned that they had their eyes on a particular player. Bukirichi was one of them.
Bukirich laughed at the evaluation that the directors were impressed with him on the first day, saying, “I think you saw it correctly.” “I think I can show something,” he said. “I have the confidence to show a lot of good plays.”
Regarding his strengths, Bukirich said, “When I play as an apposite spiker, I like to hit the cross after looking at the corner for a long time on the block.” He also explained, “When I play as an outside hitter, I hit crosses in the opposite direction briefly,” and “I prefer it because it’s a difficult place to defend.”
Vukirić played for the United States and Serbia. Two years ago, he was selected for the Serbian national team and also competed in the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL).
At the time, Bukirich met Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance), who was active in the Korean national team, and left a certified photo. Regarding the possibility of reuniting with Kim Yeon-kyung, Bukirich showed anticipation, saying, “I want to play together.” He said, “Whether we play together or against each other, it’s all good.”