Congratulations to GS Caltex. Very happy especially for Lee So-young and Coach Cha, who both showed you can have success by trusting your young players and treating them with respect, like equal human beings (I won't name names...). No one is bigger than the team. No one is left behind. Every player has a role.
This is a new era, and Cha is a new breed coach. Hopefully, the success they have this year will serve as a model for the future of Korean volleyball, putting all those dinosaurs and their mentality away forever. I, for one, am not looking forward to the potential return of a certain commentator behind the bench of a new club.
Lee Ju-ah has been the revelation of the playoffs for me. She certainly stepped up, schooled both Kim Hee-jin and Kim Su-ji, and was the best MB of the finals, averaging over 0,9 blocks per set. She has shown she could perform under pressure, getting better and better as the stakes got higher.
I would bring her to the VNL at least and give her a good look. She seems to have improved her timing on blocks, which was a big weakness of hers. If she can ever put it all together, she brings a different skill set than other Korean MBs. She's got that nimbleness, that elusiveness built for quick and slide attacks. Her feet are quick, but more importantly, she's got a unique ability to change her speed, switching gear from 0 to FAST in a split second. In the worst-case scenario, you could even put her on the receiving line to help, that's another skill of hers... I worry about her height and blocking presence though, against bigger foreign teams.
Now that this V-League is over, let's continue the serious stuff here:
Lavarini's got a lot of work waiting ahead...