Women’s professional volleyball Korea Expressway Corporation is teaming up with a new foreign player Banja Bukirich (Serbia). Director Kim Jong-min also has high expectations for the 198cm Apogee Bukirich. The Korea Expressway Corporation obtained the last 7th pick in the 2023 Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) Women’s Foreign Player Draft in May and nominated Bukirich. On August 2nd, she entered Korea and started adjusting to her team.
Bukirich said, “It’s been three weeks since I came to Korea. It feels like home now. She has also adapted. She is doing well,” he said. “The accommodation and gym facilities are also good. It is a good environment for playing volleyball. Gimcheon also has many trees and many mountains. That’s why it’s better,” she said about her life in Korea. She continued, “The coach told me that I had to show more points and skills than during the draft. In August, he is building up again step by step, starting with basic skills such as blocking, serving, and attacking.”
Born in 1999, Bukiric played for Serbian Crvena Zvezda for four seasons from 2014. He then headed to America. After Ohio State, he continued his playing career on the 2022 NC State University volleyball team. He is a player who majored in urban engineering and even received a master’s degree. He was also full of passion for his studies. Even while attending graduate school last year, he played in 28 matches and 97 sets, and also recorded 8 blocks, the most per game. Bukirich said, “The United States was a place where I could study and play volleyball at the same time. He even earned his master’s degree in civil engineering. Later, when he was unable to play volleyball, he was also drawing a future in urban engineering,” he said. “In fact, I hardly slept while studying and exercising. There were also tests every day. The most I slept was 6 hours. Even so, the reason I didn’t give up was that I was confident in volleyball, but it wasn’t easy to let go because I thought I was talented in studying.”
Bukirici’s role model is Serbian ace and world-class apogeit Tijana Voskovic. Buki Richie continues to pursue his national team dream. He was a member of the 2016 U19 European Championship runner-up, and was also named in the 2017 U23 national team roster. In 2021, he was also selected for the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL) national team. “Boskovic is two years older than me. He even played with them for two years from the age of 15. He was motivated just by practicing together. Boskovic is a legend himself. He’s tall, and he’s good at attacking and blocking. He scores a lot by himself as well. He is like Michael Jordan in basketball,” he said. “My biggest goal as a volleyball player is to win an Olympic medal. If the opportunity arises, he wants to achieve his goal at the Paris Olympics,” he said, revealing his firm determination.
Bukirich can digest not only the apositive but also the outside heater position. A smile spread across director Kim Jong-min’s face as he watched Bukirich himself. Director Kim said, “I think he will do more than what he thought at the draft site. 먹튀검증 Receive was fine too. In order to maximize the attack, we do not use foreign players as outside heaters, but we plan to operate in various ways depending on the situation.” More than anything else, I like the attitude of training. I talk about what I lack in myself and try to make up for it. active. I see him improving day by day, but I’ve never seen a player grow so fast. I thought he would have weak power, but he has good power. He did not hesitate to praise, saying, “If only speed is added, there will be no big problem in attack.” Buki Rich, who achieved his goal in his U.S., is now only looking at the Korean V-League and running. He is continuing that passion in Korea as well.
With the transfer of Park Jung-ah and Jeong Dae-young, it is a road construction that needs to be reinforced in attack power and height. Bukirichi also chose to go to Korea for a ‘challenge’. The ‘defending champion’ Road Corporation presented a new challenge with Bukirich.