Anae Drafted Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) Team
SALT LAKE CITY – Two-time All-American Adora Anae has been drafted to play in the Korea Volleyball Federation's (KOVO) V-League. The tryout and draft, which consisted of 34 athletes total, was hosted by KOVO in Milan, Italy, this past weekend. Anae was one of three Americans drafted this past Saturday, and was selected by the Hwaseong IBK Altos. She was one of six players drafted overall, but was the only rookie selected. Other players from the USA selected over the weekend were former Pac-12 standouts Rebecca Perry (Washington) and Alaina Bergsma Coble (Oregon). Each women's team in the V-League is limited to signing only one foreign player from a NORCECA country member (USA, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Canada, Cuba and Mexico). The Korean Volleyball Federation's "V-League" consists of six women's teams and seven men's team. These squads compete against one another in front of thousands of fans across Korea over a grueling eight-month season without holidays. Players are required to report for preseason in Korea on Aug. 1, 2018. Competition will then kick off in October and playoffs wrap up at the end of April. Notable players that have played for the Altos in the past include former U.S. Women's National Team member Destinee Hooker (Texas), along with current USWNT players Liz McMahon (Illinois) and Madi Kingdon (Arizona). The club, which is located just 25 miles south of Seoul, was founded in 2011 and has already won three league championships, most recently in 2016-17. The Altos were runners-up a season ago. Anae, a three-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection, was named an AVCA Second Team All-American honoree back in 2016. She became Utah's first-ever First Team All-American this past fall after leading the Utes to a 24-10 overall record and a NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2017. She is the only player in school history to record at least 500 kills in three consecutive seasons and is the program's all-time leader with 1,920 career kills. Anae is the first Utah player to turn pro since Shelby Dalton (2011-14), who played in Greece for Pannaxiakos A.O.N. this past season.