The South Korean women’s volleyball team
Has booked its place in the quarterfinals of the Hangzhou Asian Games with a win in the second round of
qualifying. South Korea defeated Nepal 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-11) in the second match of Group C of the
women’s volleyball preliminary round at Hangzhou Normal University Changchen Campus in Hangzhou,
China, on Tuesday. The Koreans, who lost 2-3 to Vietnam the previous day, finished second in Pool C with
a 1-1 record and advanced to the quarterfinals.
South Korea women’s national volleyball team.
Volleyball is the national sport of Nepal, but the country is not even ranked by the FIVB. Against Nepal,
the 40th-ranked South Koreans struggled to get going, committing seven errors in the first set alone.
They were also shaky in reception, falling behind 13-16 at one point.
However, a service ace by setter Kim Da-in tied the score at 18-18, followed by a flurry of attacking points from outside hitter Kang So-hwi and outside hitter Lee Sun-woo to take the first set. With the momentum in their favor, Korea continued their dominance in the second and third sets. In both the second and third sets, they held their opponents to 20 points or less to close out the match. Kang So-hwi led both teams with 18 points on the day.
As the runner-up in Pool C, South Korea will advance to the quarterfinals and face China and North Korea in Pool A. The outcome of North Korea’s game against China, which starts at 8 p.m., will determine the bracket order. South Korea, which enters the quarterfinal round with one loss, will have to overcome the tournament’s strongest team, China, to advance past the quarterfinals.
Kim Dain said,
“China also has a first team, so our chances of beating them are significantly lower, but if there’s even a 1% chance, I think it’s right to keep knocking on the door. If we play aggressively, our chances will come.”
“As expected, Nepal came out strong in the first set,” said Women’s National Volleyball Head Coach Cesar Hernandez Gonzalez. I am happy that we were able to overcome the difficult moments and get the win. Against China, we will be strong and take risks on serve and attack, just like we did in Week 3 of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL).” 고스톱