The South Korean women’s volleyball team, led by head coach Cesar Hernandez, lost their second match of the Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification Tournament against Poland.
South Korea fell 1-3 (22-25 26-24 21-25 9-25) to the hosts Poland in the second match of Group C of the Paris Olympic Qualification Tournament in Łódź, Poland, on Monday (Aug. 18). It was the second straight loss for the Koreans, who dropped their first match against Italy 0-3.
Despite the loss, Korea, ranked 36th in the world, played an even match against Poland, ranked seventh in the world.
In the previous two consecutive years in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), Korea’s fans were disappointed not only with the results but also with their lethargic play, but this time they showed their strength by fighting back and taking the deuce set.
Korea’s offense did its part, with Kang So-hwi (GS Caltex) scoring 16 points and Pyo Seung-ju (IBK) adding 15. Libero Kim Yeon-yeon (Hyundai E&C) and others played a good game with a gritty defense.
In the first set, Korea fell behind 11-18 early on, but then rallied back to 22-24 with the help of Lake Bi to threaten Poland.
In the second set, the Koreans gradually narrowed the gap to 13-19 and tied the score at 21-21. Kang So-hwi and Pyo Seung-joo then scored back-to-back points to take the set in a deuce tiebreaker. It was Korea’s first set win of the tournament.
In the third set, Korea battled back and forth in a tightly contested match, but fell behind Poland 21-25 in the final minutes.카지노
They fell short in the fourth set, when their momentum and stamina dropped significantly.
In Pool C, Korea will face Italy, Poland, Germany, USA, Colombia, Thailand, and Slovenia. They must finish in the top two out of eight teams after the pool play to qualify for the Paris Olympics.
“We will prepare to win our first two games,” Cesar said before departing. But if we fail to do so, we will use it to prepare for what options we have at the next Asian Games.”
South Korea will play Germany in the third match at the same venue on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m.