KOVO 2015/2016 - South Korean League

  • Photo Gallery (Foreign signatures ceremony)
    http://www.kovo.co.kr/media/32002_photo_view.asp?num=16700


    The Cup starts tomorrow (07.11) with first serve at 16.00 (local time) and features EXID as a special guest.
    Live webcast on Laola1.


    Group A
    Hyundai
    Hi-pass
    KGC


    Group B
    GS
    IBK
    Pink Spiders


    Schedule
    07.11 - Hyundai vs Hi-pass
    07.12 - GS vs Pink Spiders
    07.13 - Hi-pass vs KGC
    07.14 - Pink Spiders vs IBK
    07.15 - KGC vs Hyundai
    07.16 - IBK vs GS
    07.17 - A1 vs B2
    07.18 - B1 vs A2
    07.19 - Final

  • I'm watching Daejeon KGC - Heungkuk Life.


    The match is a bit less all about the foreign spiker, but almost nothing changed.


    Taylor Simpson (Heungkuk Life) is very good , while Hayley Spelman (Daejeon KGC) is far from being enough for this kind of volleyball and I doubt they will wait for her if they can still change the foreign along the season.

  • I'm watching Daejeon KGC - Heungkuk Life.


    The match is a bit less all about the foreign spiker, but almost nothing changed.


    Taylor Simpson (Heungkuk Life) is very good , while Hayley Spelman (Daejeon KGC) is far from being enough for this kind of volleyball and I doubt they will wait for her if they can still change the foreign along the season.


    Are we watching the same match? ?( Spelman is leading the team basically by herself and Simpson's setter is terrible.

  • Spelman with nearly 50 points :white:
    I'm wondering how long her body will last until the end of the season...

  • I left after the first 2 sets. Simpson was better, clearly better at the time. Yes, Daejeon is weak team, there is just an outside hitter I like from them. I have this feeling Spelman won't last a lot. She was too weak for the last classified team from italian Serie A1, there's no way she can hold alone a korean team IMHO. Eventually Pink Spiders won after tie break.

  • I think she can, Korean league's quality is very low, not even comparable to Serie A, Spelman had a very bad season in Italy nonetheless. The real question is how long she will last, It's a long season and she holds such responsibility in attack. (Same goes to the other foreign players.)
    51 points for a debut match, isn't it too much? :roll:


    KGC's setter was a nightmare, no fricking matter how good reception she gets, she sets to Spelman all the time. I'm not even surprised though since I saw how Montano, Vasileva, Fawcett, Da Silva and Rahimova played in the league :wavy:

  • I liked Emily Hartong's performance versus Pinkspiders despite her team's loss. She's not a monster hitter but is a very good all around player, kinda like Larson and Robinson. I don't think her style fits korean league but fun to watch at least. She was by far the best passer in her team and has almost the same responsibility in attack in the meantime as the other americans.

  • It was the first match I watched. Hartong is a very good player, what a pity she wasted a season sitting on bench in Zurich.


    I expect big number by McMahon, since I saw what she's is capable of in Juncos (Porto Rico).


    Hartong and Simpson have passing jobs, so I don't expect 30+ points each game, but they are still solid players. Simpson had a season ending injury in Porto Rico, so she may need more time to reach her best shape.


    Kath Bell is a good question mark, since she can play both MB and OP, but she was very good in NCAA.


    I have less expectations from Spelman and Cikra. Both failed last season. The first one was very weak in Italy, the second one failed a try out in Grece and didn't sign with any other team.


    Talking about the teams... IBK Altos is favourite again, having a strong base from national player, which won the KOVO Cup already and the most dominant among the foreigners.


    GS Caltex Seoul may be the main opponent. Hyundai Hillstate and Gyeongbuk Hi-pass a step behind. Heungkuk Life, having the NT twin player may be the surprise. KGC Daejeon is the weakest team probably.

  • I just had a look and thought it would be useful to make a list. Correct me if there's something wrong.


    Korean league's foreign players list :


    Hyundai Hillstate Suwon

    2006-2007 : Sanja Tomasevic (OH)
    2007-2008 : Tiffany Dodds (OH)
    2008-2009 : Aurea Cruz (OH)
    2009-2010 : Moreno Pino Kenny (OPP)
    2010-2011 : Moreno Pino Kenny (OPP)
    2011-2012 : Sherisa Livingston (OH)
    Brankica Mihajlovic (OH) (replaced Sherisa Livingston)
    2012-2013 : Jana Matiasovska-Agayeva (OH)
    2013-2014 : Yeliz Basa (OPP)
    2014-2015 : Polina Rahimova (OPP)
    2015-2016 : Emily Hartong (OH)


    Heungkuk Life Insurance Incheon


    2006-2007 : Katie Willkins (OH)
    2007-2008 : Mari Mendes (OH)
    2008-2009 : Karina Ocasio (OH/OPP)
    2009-2010 : Karina Ocasio (OH/OPP)
    2010-2011 : Mia Jerkov (OH)
    2011-2012 : Mia Jerkov (OH)
    2012-2013 : Whitney Dosty (OPP)
    2013-2014 : Elitsa Vasileva (OH)
    2014-2015 : Rachel Rourke (OPP)
    2015-2016 : Taylor Simpson (OH)


    KGC Daejeon

    2006-2007 : Luciana Adorno Rodrigues (OH)
    2007-2008 : Fernanda Alvez (OH)
    2008-2009 : Marian Nagy (OPP)
    2009-2010 : Madelaynne Montano (OPP)
    2010-2011 : Madelaynne Montano (OPP)
    2011-2012 : Madelaynne Montano (OPP)
    2012-2013 : Katie Carter (OPP)
    2013-2014 : Joyce Da Silva (OPP)
    2014-2015 : Joyce Da Silva (OPP)
    2015-2016 : Hayley Spelman (OPP)


    Gyeongbuk Gimcheon Hi-pass

    2006-2007 : Rachel Van Meter (OPP)
    2007-2008 :
    2008-2009 : Milagros Cabral (OH)
    2009-2010 : Milagros Cabral (OH)
    2010-2011 : Sarah Pavan (OPP)
    2011-2012 : Georgina Pinedo (OH)
    Ivana Nesovic (OPP) (replaced Pinedo)
    2012-2013 : Nicole Fawcett (OPP)
    2013-2014 : Nicole Fawcett (OPP)
    2014-2015 : Nicole Fawcett (OPP)
    2015-2016 : Leslie Cikra (OH/OPP)


    GS Caltex Seoul

    2006-2007 : Andreia Laurence Sforzin (MB)
    2007-2008 : Raquel Da Silva (OH)
    2008-2009 : Bethania De la Cruz (OH/OPP)
    2009-2010 : Lisvel Eve Meija (MB)
    Destinee Hooker (OPP) (replaced Eve)
    2010-2011 : Jessica (MB)
    Sanja Popovic (OPP) (replaced Jessica)
    2011-2012 : Rebecca Perry (OPP)
    Tereza Matuszková-Rossi (OPP) (replaced Perry)
    2012-2013 : Bethania De la Cruz (OH/OPP)
    2013-2014 : Bethania De la Cruz (OH/OPP)
    2014-2015 : Sarah Pavan (OPP)
    Haley Eckerman (OPP) (replaced Pavan)
    2015-2016 : Kath Bell (MB/OPP)


    IBK Altos Hwaseong


    2011-2012 : Olesia Rykhliuk (OPP)
    2012-2013 : Olesia Rykhliuk (OPP)
    2013-2014 : Karina Ocasio (OH/OPP)
    2014-2015 : Destinee Hooker (OPP)
    2015-2016 : Lizzie McMahon (OPP)

  • Raven#7, your expectations are turning to be the opposite :D


    Leslie Cikra made an outstanding debut in Korean league today, 38 points. I liked her arm swings, very aggressive. From what I saw so far, she's a better spiker than McMahon at least. But unfortunately none of her teammates took her off from such huge responsibility in attack and they lost to Hartong's team.


    Emily Hartong is slowly finding her good shape in attack and her defense is pretty amazing for a 23 yo inexperienced player. She's pretty much balanced, just like Jordan Larson or Kelsey Robinson...sort of. I believe if she keeps this level, many top european teams would want her for next season. IMO she's a really good all around player for OH2 position.


    I don't know much about korean local players and the level of the league is seemingly getting better, there's no monster hitters like Rahimova or Fawcett this year, I think that makes this league more interesting.

  • Any news or any website with updates from this league? I'm interested in both prospective foreigners as well as prospective native players for within the Korean League.

  • Any news or any website with updates from this league? I'm interested in both prospective foreigners as well as prospective native players for within the Korean League.


    I only know of the "KOVO" website (the website English version have very little useful info) and their youtube channel KOVO volley. I also have to use Google Chrome/Translate to decipher the website in to English but you can find some interviews of the foreigners players through the KOVO website very easily.


    On Youtube you can find videos at SpoTV channel and highlights of all the games so far this season. Spot TV also uploads the full game replay but they don't have a playlist for it so I made one, 2015-16 KOVO Women V-League Full Game Replay Playlist.


    In the latest game between KGC and Heungkuk, Lee Jaeyeong (one of the twin) injured her left ankle/leg. Not sure how serious the injury is, Video. This will seriously hurt Heungkuk Pink Spiders chances of winning the championship if Lee Jaeyeong is rule out for the rest of the entire season.


    Cr: SpoTV @ Youtube

  • BEST SCORER
    Player - Team - Played Match (Set) - Points - (spike/block/serve)
    1. Hayley Spelman (KGC) 12 (48 ) - 377 - (351/19/7)
    2. Taylor Simpson (Heungkuk) 12 (48 ) - 297 - (265/25/7)
    3. Leslie Cikra (Korea Ex) 12 (47) - 296 - (261/30/5)
    4. Lizzie McMahon (IBK) 12 (41) - 273 - (240/23/10)
    5. Kath Bell (GS Caltex) 13 (54) - 250 - (213/30/7)
    6. Emily Hartong (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 223 - (192/21/10)
    7. Lee Jaeyeong (Heungkuk) 12 (47) - 193 - (171/9/13)
    8. Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 185 - (127/39/19)
    9. Kim Hee-jin (IBK) 12 (41) - 159 - (121/23/15)
    10. Hwang Youn-joo (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 155 - (132/13/10)



    BEST SPIKER (%)
    Player - Team - Played Match (Set) - Totall Attempt - Killing Spike - %
    1. Leslie Cikra (Korea Ex) 12 (47) - 643 - 40.59%
    2. Lizzie McMahon (IBK) 12 (41) - 597 - 40.20%
    3. Lee Jaeyeong (Heungkuk) 12 (47) - 452 - 37.83%
    4. Kath Bell (GS Caltex) 13 (54) - 565 - 37.7%
    5. Hwang Youn-joo (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 358 - 36.87%
    6. Hayley Spelman (KGC) 12 (48 ) - 958 - 36.64%
    7. Kim Hee-jin (IBK) 12 (41) - 334 - 36.23%
    8. Emily Hartong (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 533 - 36.02%
    9. Taylor Simpson (Heungkuk) 12 (48 ) - 739 - 35.86%



    BEST SERVER
    Player - Team - Played Match (Set) - Ace - Set Average
    1. Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 19 - 0.41
    2. Hwang Min-kyoung (Korea Ex) 12 (47) - 16 - 0.34
    3. Kim Hee-jin (IBK) 12 (41) - 15 - 0.37
    4. Pyo Seung-ju (GS Caltex) 13 (49) - 14 - 0.29
    5. Lee Jaeyeong (Heungkuk) 12 (47) -13 - 0.28
    6. Yoon Sae-yan (IBK) 12 (40) - 12 - 0.30
    7. Baek Mok-hwa (KGC) 12 (48 ) - 12 - 0.25
    8. Kim Yoo-ri (IBK) 12 (41) - 10 - 0.24
    9. Lizzie McMahon (IBK) 12 (41) - 10 - 0.24
    10. Emily Hartong (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 10 - 0.22
    11. Hwang Youn-joo (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 10 - 0.22



    BEST BLOCKER
    Player - Team - Played Match (Set) - Killing Blocks - Set Average
    1. Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 39 - 0.85
    2. Kim Se-young (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 32 - 0.70
    3. Leslie Cikra (Korea Ex) 12 (47) - 30 - 0.64
    4. Kath Bell (GS Caltex) 13 (54) - 30 - 0.56
    5. Kim Su-ji (Heungkuk) 12 (48 ) - 27 - 0.56
    6. Bae Yoo-na (GS Caltex) 13 (54) - 26 - 0.48
    7. Jung Dae-young (Korea Ex) 12 (47) - 25 - 0.53
    8. Taylor Simpson (Heungkuk) 12 (48 ) - 25 - 0.52
    9. Kim Hee-jin (IBK) 12 (41) - 23 - 0.56
    10. Hayley Spelman (KGC) 12 (48 ) - 19 - 0.40
    11. Han Song-yi (GS Caltex) 13 (54) - 19 - 0.35



    BEST DIGGER
    Player - Team - Played Match (Set) - Totall Attempt - +/- - Set Average
    1. Kim Hae-ran (KGC) 12 (48 ) - 357 - 304/53 - 6.33
    2. Na Hyun-iung (GS Caltex) 12 (47) - 290 - 245/45 - 5.21
    3. Nam Jie-youn (IBK) 12 (41) - 230 - 203/27 - 4.95
    4. Yim Myung-ok (Korea Ex) 12 (47) - 261 - 228/32 - 4.85
    5. Kim Hye-sun (Heungkuk) 12 (47) - 259 - 217/42 - 4.62
    6. Kim Yeong-yeon (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 242 - 203/38 - 4.41
    7. Lee Yeon-ju (KGC) 12 (48 ) - 216 - 173/41 - 3.60
    8. Hwang Min-kyoung (Korea Ex) 12 (47) - 193 - 165/27 - 3.51
    9. Lee Jaeyeong (Heungkuk) 12 (47) - 199 - 164/34 - 3.49



    BEST RECEIVER
    Player - Team - Played Match (Set) - Attempt - Ex./Fail - Per Set
    1. Lee Yeon-ju (KGC) 12 (48 ) - 388 - 181/19 - 3.38
    2. Hwang Min-kyoung (Korea Ex) 12 (47) - 365 - 166/17 - 3.17
    3. Lee Jaeyeong (Heungkuk) 12 (47) - 348 - 166/22 - 3.06
    4. Baek Mok-hwa (KGC) 12 (48 ) - 368 - 170/26 - 3.00
    5. Emily Hartong (Hyundai) 11 (46) - 302 - 135/10 - 2.72
    6. Chae Seon-ah (IBK) 11 (29) - 220 - 93/15 - 2.69
    7. Yoon Sae-yan (IBK) 12 (40) - 319 - 134/27 - 2.68
    8. Pyo Seung-ju (GS Caltex) 13 (49) - 302 - 134/15 - 2.43

  • Kind of late but congrats to KGC for winning their 2nd game this season and ending an 11 games losing streak :win: .
    After trailing 2-1 set against Korea Expressway, they didn't give up and fought back :box: to win 2-3 (16-25, 25-18, 25-21, 14-25, 10-15) [Match highlights].
    The win meant a lot to them as you can see some of the KGC players crying Link. :thumbsup: for efforts.


    Standings at the completion of Round 3 (and the half way mark) of the regular season.
    Rank. Team / Match Played / Points / Win-Lost / Set Ratio / Point Ratio
    1. Hyundai E&C / 15 / 35 Pts / 12W-3L / 2.211 ( 42-19 ) / 1.136
    2. IBK Altos / 15 / 28 Pts / 9W-6L / 1.467 ( 31-21 ) / 1.051
    3. Heungkuk / 15 / 25 Pts / 9W-6L / 1.143 ( 32-28 ) / 0.999
    4. Korea Expressway / 15 / 21 Pts / 7W-8L / 0.906 ( 29-32 ) / 0.963
    5. GS Caltex / 15 / 19 Pts / 6W-9L / 0.800 ( 28-35 ) / 1.000
    6. KGC Ginseng Corp / 15 / 7 Pts / 2W-13L / 0.372 ( 16-43 ) / 0.875


    Cr: SpoTV @ Youtube

  • 2015-2016 Women's All-Star Roster
    http://kovo.co.kr/news/61002_kovonews_view.asp?num=18058


    Venue: Ryu Gwan-Sun Gymnasium, Cheonan (i.e. Hyundai Capital Skywalkers Home Court)
    Date: 2015.12.25
    Start Time: 14:00 KST
    Live Stream Link


    Team Brown
    IBK Altos http://kovo.co.kr/media/34002_…um=18138&page=2&sch=&scw=
    Hyundai E&C http://kovo.co.kr/media/34002_…um=18171&page=1&sch=&scw=
    GS Caltex http://kovo.co.kr/media/34002_…um=18213&page=1&sch=&scw=


    No. Player (Team) / Position / Votes
    01. HWANG Youn-Joo (Hyundai E&C) / OP / 1st 28,673 votes
    02. KIM Hee-Jin (IBK) / OP / 2nd 28,189 votes
    03. LEE So-Young (GS Caltex) / OH / 3rd 26,182 votes
    04. YANG Hyo-Jin (Hyundai E&C) / MB / 1st 40,130 votes
    05. BAE Yoo-Na (GS Caltex) / MB / 2nd 30,841 votes
    06. LEE Da-Yeong (Hyundai E&C) / S / 1st 26,340 votes
    07. NAM Jie-Youn (IBK) / Li / 1st 26,235 votes
    08. KIM Sa-Nee (IBK) / S / Committee recommendations
    09. NA Hyun-Jung (GS Caltex) / Li / Committee recommendations
    10. Kath BELL (GS Caltex) / C / Committee recommendations
    11. Emily HARTONG (Hyundai E&C) / OH / Committee recommendations
    12. PARK Jeong-Ah (IBK) / OH / Committee recommendations
    Coach: YANG Chul-Ho (Hyundai E&C) 1st 23,891 votes


    Team Cony
    Korea Expressway http://kovo.co.kr/media/34002_…um=18160&page=2&sch=&scw=
    Heungkuk Life http://kovo.co.kr/media/34002_…um=18188&page=1&sch=&scw=
    KGC Ginseng Corp http://kovo.co.kr/media/34002_…um=18217&page=1&sch=&scw=


    No. Player (Team) / Position / Votes
    01. LEE Jae-Yeong* (Heungkuk) / OH / 1st 30,327 votes
    02. Hayley SPELMAN (KGC) / OP / 2nd 28,993 votes
    03. Leslie CIKRA (Korea Exp) / OP / 3rd 27,170 votes
    04. KIM Hye-Jin (Heungkuk) / MB / 1st 23,153 votes
    05. KIM Su-Ji (Heungkuk) / MB / 2nd 22,892 votes
    06. LEE Hyo-Hee (Korea Exp) / S / 1st 30,469 votes
    07. KIM Hae-Ran (KGC) / Li / 1st 24,601 votes
    08. CHO Song-Hwa (Heungkuk) / S / Committee recommendations
    09. YIM Myung-Ok (Korea Exp) / Li / Committee recommendations
    10. MOON Myoung-Hwa (KGC) / MB / Committee recommendations
    11. HWANG Min-Kyoung (Korea Exp) / OH / Committee recommendations
    12. BAEK Mok-Hwa (KGC) / OH / Committee recommendations
    Coach: PARK Mi-Hee (Heungkuk) 39,714 votes

  • I found an inteteresting video with funny celebrations by Da-Yeong /lee from allstars game :D


    full match here :wavy:

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