South Korea’s women’s volleyball team suffered its second Asian Games ‘no-medal’ in 17 years .On Thursday, South Korea fell to China 0-3 (12-25 21-25 16-25) in the first match of Group E of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games quarterfinal round at the Changchen Campus Gymnasium of Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou, China .With the loss, South Korea is now tied with North Korea in the same group with two losses (no wins) and has missed out on a spot in the quarterfinals regardless of the outcome of their match on Friday. In Group E, China and Vietnam, who topped their respective groups, both won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals .South Korea and North Korea, who finished second in their respective preliminary groups, began the quarterfinal round with one loss. It has been 17 years since South Korea’s women’s volleyball team failed to win an Asian Games medal since Doha 2006 (fifth place).It is only the second no-medal finish in the history of the sport, which dates back to the 1962 Jakarta Games when volleyball became an official sport. Women’s volleyball has been on a losing streak this year, following 12 straight losses at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL), the Asian Championships (lowest-ever sixth-place finish) and the Paris Olympic Qualifiers (seventh straight).South Korea (ranked 40th in the world) could not overcome the height of world No. 6 China .While China (189 centimeters) surpassed Korea (180 centimeters) in average height, the difference was stark in spike height (318 meters-286 centimeters) and blocking height (305 centimeters-270 centimeters).In particular, the middle blocking duo of Yuan Xinyue (202 cm) and Wang Yanyuan (196 cm) created an iron wall in the center. Yuan Xinyue and Wang Yuanyuan combined for 23 points, including five blocks. For Korea, Kang So-hwi (GS Caltex – 9 points), Lee Ju-ah (Heungkuk Life), and Park Jung-ah (Pepper Savings Bank – 6 points) tried their best, but it wasn’t enough. From the first set, the game was one-sided. Korea managed only seven blocks out of 32 attack attempts, and none of them were successful .The Chinese had four blocks and one service ace to close out the first set with a double score of 12-25.Korea’s offense came alive in the second set and kept the game close until the middle of the set.At 2-2, Korea took its first lead of the day on a service ace by Moon Jeong-won (Korea Road Corporation), and at 8-8, back-to-back Chinese errors and a service ace by Park Eun-jin (Jung Kwan-jang) pushed the lead to three points .At 14-12, Korea called a timeout to halt China’s momentum and scored a point on an opponent’s service error, followed by a sideline push attack by Kang So-hwi to make it 16-12.However, China scored four straight points to tie the score at 16-16 and then pulled away at 20-20 behind Wu Mengze (three points) and Yuan Xinyue (two points).In the third set, South Korea fought back to 12-13, but conceded back-to-back points to fall behind by nine and surrender a 25-point lead .South Korea, which was denied a spot in the quarterfinals, will play North Korea on Friday in the first inter-Korean showdown in six years, followed by two days of matches to decide fifth 카지노사이트 through eighth place.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *