The South Korean women’s volleyball team, coached by Cesar Hernández González, earned its first point of the Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification campaign. The Koreans fell 2-3 (13-25 21-25 25-23 25-22 7-15) to Germany in a tightly contested match that went to a full set on Monday (Sept. 19) in Łódź, Poland, in the third Pool C match of the Olympic Qualification Tournament.
It was South Korea’s third loss of the tournament, but the first in a row. Germany improved to 3-0. With the loss, the ‘Cesaros’ are now faced with the prospect of missing out on the ticket to Paris, which is awarded to the first and second place finishers in the group.
Kang So-hwi (GS Caltex) led the way with a team-high 18 points, followed by Lee Han-bi (Pepper Savings Bank) with 15 points. The middle blockers also stood out against Germany.
Park Eun-jin (Jung Kwanjang) and Lee Ju-ah (Heungkuk Life) had eight points each, while Jung Ho-young (Jung Kwanjang) and Lee Da-hyun (Hyundai E&C) combined for nine points and two blocks. Germany was led by Lena Strgrot with a team-high 20 points and Lina Alsmeier with 18 points.
Germany also got strong performances from their middle blockers. Camilla Weitzel had 17 points and four blocks, while Marie Schulzel chipped in with 15 points and three blocks.
South Korea came from behind on the day, but rallied in the final five sets. South Korea got off to a bad start.
They were unable to fight back in the first set and easily lost the set to Germany. In the second set, they fought back a bit, but it wasn’t enough. They were backed into a corner as they lost the set.
South Korea didn’t go down easily in the third set. They exchanged points and at 23-23, Lee Han-bi’s spike worked to save a set point at 24-23.
Kang So-hwi of South Korea goes for a serve during the women’s third week match between South Korea and China at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2023 at Chilbo Gymnasium in Suwon, South Korea, on June 1. [Photo by FIVB]]
On the next rally, Park Eun-jin’s attempted serve came back over the net after an opponent reception and Lee Da-hyun connected with a direct kill to take the set 25-23.
Changing the mood, Korea put the pressure on Germany in the fourth set with Kang So-hwi leading the way. They matched fire with fire on offense and it worked.
However, South Korea did not have the same performance in the fifth set as in the previous two sets.
A lapse in concentration led to unforced errors, which Germany capitalized on to extend their lead and eventually put an end to the long match.카지노
South Korea out-served Germany 7-5, but like the previous two games, they were out-blocked. Germany held a 15-7 advantage in blocks to Korea’s 15-7 advantage in height. South Korea will play the United States on Tuesday and Germany will play Slovenia on Wednesday in the fourth match of the preliminary round.