‘It’s a tough start’ as South Korea women’s volleyball falls to Italy 0-3 in first Olympic qualifying match

A lethargic performance by the slumping South Korean women’s volleyball team (ranked 36th in the world) saw them lose their first Olympic qualifying match.

Led by head coach Cesar Gonzalez, the South Korean women’s volleyball team fell to fifth-ranked Italy 0-3 (11-25, 20-25, 17-25) in straight sets on Sunday (July 17) in Łódź, Poland, in the first match of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Group C Qualification Tournament.

Main hitter Kang So-hwi (GS Caltex) was the only player on the team to reach double figures with 10 points, but he was unable to turn the tide for his team, which felt the Italian barrier throughout the match, especially in the blocking department, where they were out-blocked 3-10.

South Korea was dragged by Poland throughout the first set after the start of the match. When Poland reached the 20-point mark, Korea was still in the single digits, and they ended the set without ever taking the lead.

Unlike the first set, Korea took the lead in the second set with three consecutive points early on. The team got off to a good start thanks to an opponent’s block, an open attack by Kwon Min-ji (GS Caltex), and a block by Lee Ju-ah (Heungkuk Life).

However, with the score at 8-5, a series of errors followed, including a serve error by Park Jung-ah (Pepper Savings Bank) and a reception error by libero Moon Jung-won (Korea Expressway Corporation) at 9-8. After losing the lead, Korea was unable to overcome the widening gap.

In a one-sided third set, the match was already tilted in Italy’s favor early on. Korea made some changes, including substituting Kim Ji-won (GS Caltex) for setter Kim Da-in (Hyundai E&C), but the Italians were able to close the gap.온라인카지노

After losing their first game, Korea will try to get their first win against Poland (7th) on the 18th. They will then play Germany (12th) on the 19th, USA (2nd) on the 20th, Colombia (20th) on the 22nd, Thailand (14th) on the 23rd, and Slovenia (27th) on the 24th. The top two finishers in the group will qualify for the Olympic Games, and if South Korea fails to finish in the top two, it will be the first time in 16 years since Beijing 2008.

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