The South Korean women’s volleyball team’s bid to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games came up short in a full-set thriller against Germany. It was their third straight loss, but they had to settle for a point.
The South Korean women’s volleyball team, led by head coach Cesar Gonzalez Hernandez, fell 2-3 (13-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 7-15) in the women’s volleyball qualification match for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games at the Atlas Arena in Łódź, Poland on Monday (Sept. 19).
South Korea, which is in Pool C alongside the United States, Italy, Germany, Thailand, Colombia and Slovenia, suffered its third straight loss, falling 0-3 to Italy on Sept. 17 and 1-3 to Poland on Sept. 18 before succumbing to Germany later in the day.
The Olympic qualifiers are organized into three groups of eight teams, with a single-round robin format, with the top two finishers advancing to the Olympic Games. With just one point, South Korea currently sits in fifth place.
The team fielded 14 players for the tournament, including Lee Ju-ah (Heungkuk Life), Kim Da-in, Kim Yeon-yeon, Lee Da-hyun (Hyundai E&C), Park Eun-jin, Lee Sun-woo, Jeong Ho-young (Jung Kwan-jang), Kim Ji-won, Kwon Min-ji, Kang So-hwi (GS Caltex), Moon Jung-won (Roadworks), Park Jung-ah, Lee Han-bi (Pepper Savings Bank), and Pyo Seung-ju (IBK).
Korea struggled from the start of the first set. Kang So-hwi’s hard hitting made it 10-16, and Lee Ju-ah’s serve made it 13-21, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the deficit. In addition, Kwon Min-ji’s attack was blocked, and the gap widened to 13-23, and the team lost momentum.
Korea fought back in the second set, tying the score at 18-18 with a Chungeum block from Kang So-hwi, but a quick opener from her opponent Lina Alsmeier cost them a 19-22 lead and eventually a 21-25 defeat, leaving them down 0-2 in the set.
However, the Koreans remained tenacious. Tied 19-19 in the third set on Lee Han-bi’s service ace, Korea fought back to even the score at 21-21 when Kang So-hwi won an attack point at the end of a rally, and at 24-23, with the opponent’s serve reception faltering, Lee Da-hyun completed the scoring hunt with a direct kill to seal the 25-23 victory.
With the momentum in their favor, South Korea took a 24-22 lead in the fourth set when Kang So-hwi hit a hard shot through the opponent’s block, and another Kang kill gave them the 25-22 win and the match into a fifth set.
Korea battled back to tie the match at 6-6 in the fifth set, but the miracle of a comeback was not to be as Lee Han-bi’s shot was blocked, giving Korea a 6-10 lead.메이저사이트
Kang So-hwi led the Korean offense with 18 points and Lee Han-bi with 15, while Park Eun-jin and Jung Ho-young each had eight, Lee Ju-ah and Pyo Seung-ju each had six, Lee Da-hyun had three, Kwon Min-ji had two, and Kim Ji-won and Moon Jung-won each had one.
South Korea will take on the United States at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 before taking a break on Nov. 21 to face Colombia on Nov. 22, Thailand on Nov. 23 and Slovenia on Nov. 24.
Meanwhile, the team will leave Warsaw on the 25th and arrive in Hangzhou on the 26th for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.