“I was under stress.”
My eyes widened at the unexpected call. Woori Card’s new face, Matei Kok (Slovenia), seemed relieved the moment his name was called.
Matei Kok was called by Woori Card coach Shin Young-cheol at the 2023 Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) men’s foreign player tryout draft held in Turkey, Istanbul on the 8th (Korean time). Coach Shin called Mattei Kok as the 6th overall pick, and explained the reason for the nomination, saying, “I chose it after seeing the basic skill and ability movement for volleyball.”
Initially, the first priority in the mind of the new coach was Yosbani Hernandez (Cuba). The same was true of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance and Hyundai Capital, which did not renew contracts with existing foreign players, but Yosubani was embraced by Kim Sang-woo and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance. Director Shin said, “When the first rank came out, I thought about the two Yosubani and Matei Kok. Yosubani had better performance메이저놀이터, and when I looked at receiving, I decided that Matei Cock was better,” he said. “The jump height and quickness were good. He also has power when considering blocking domestic players.”
Matei Kok seemed thrilled. “I didn’t expect it at all, but it was really good. It was my first time at such a big event, so I was stressed out. That’s why it seems to have become more emotional,” he explained why his eyes were reddened.
I was familiar with the V-League thanks to Gasparini, a former member of Korean Air. Matei Kok said, “I heard a lot of condescension because I was a friend of Gafarini. He said that the V-League has a well-established system and support for the club is good. He once came to Korea for a week as a national representative when he was 17 years old. I don’t remember it well because I was young, but I will work as hard as I can in Korea and try to become a leader. He wants to help the team by playing in as many games as possible.”
Coach Shin plans to utilize Issey Otake and Matei Kok, who were selected by the Asia Quarter, in various ways before the season. When asked if he would consider using Matei Cock as an outside heater, he said, “Maybe, maybe not. He replied, “Because there are no clear players on the team, we have to make them through training.”
He said, “I heard that Matei Kok has the possibility to play as an apposite in the national team. In fact, even during the practice game, he tried to open the attack because he wanted to check the apogee attack. He said, “I think it will be worth using if it is refined a little.”