How much spicier can the youngest get?
The Pepper Savings Bank women’s professional volleyball team has set sail for the new season. This season, Pepper Savings Bank is the favorite in the V-League.
After finishing in last place (7th) for the second year in a row since its inception, the team received three votes at this season’s media day when asked to pick their favorite team to advance to the championship game (each of the seven teams received two votes), placing them in second place behind Kim Yeon-kyung’s Heungkuk Life (4 votes).
It is tied with last season’s winner, Korea Expressway Corporation.
Pepper Savings Bank’s expectations are based on its performance in the free agency (FA) market.
Before the season, Pepper Savings Bank brought in national team outside hitter Park Jung-ah for a total of 775 million won (475 million won per year + 300 million won in options). 먹튀검증
In addition, the team also acquired apogee spiker Yasmin Bedardt (Yasmin), who was a league-leading attacker for Hyundai E&C for two seasons.
After signing libero Oh Ji-young and setter Lee Ig-eun last season, the team strengthened its offense in the new season.
Pepper Savings Bank head coach Joe Trinzi vowed to show a different side.
At a media day in Gwangju in July, Joe Trinzi announced his intention to play “smart volleyball” in spring volleyball.
The idea is to attack opponents with scientific volleyball based on data.
He said that he would use data to play volleyball that is “burdensome for other teams, but simple geometry for our team.”
At the club level, the team has also moved its training center and accommodation to Gwangju Metropolitan City, where it is based.
However, the team still needs time. Pepper Savings Bank lost 1-3 (9:25/25:18/15:25/18:25) in the league opener against Hyundai E&C in Suwon on the 15th.
The team committed 31 errors (15 by Hyundai E&C).
Park Jung-ah, who returned from the Hangzhou Asian Games with just nine points, showed that she has yet to integrate into the team due to her national team schedule.
The record 9-25 score difference in the first set also showed the team’s organizational problems.
There is hope. After dropping the first set, Pepper Savings Bank fought back to take the second set.
They proved that they can be competitive if they can find their rhythm.
Even Yasmin, who had been worried about her back injury, showed her offensive prowess with 17 points.
How far can Pepper Savings Bank go this season? Pepper Savings Bank will face Heungkuk Sinsung in Incheon on the 22nd.