‘We fought well, but we lost again’ Korea women’s volleyball falls 1-3 to Poland in a long, hard road…Kang So-hwi & Pyo Seung-ju combine for 31 points in ‘split battle’

South Korea’s women’s volleyball team suffered their second straight loss at the Paris Olympic Qualification. They battled back to take a set against Poland on their home court, but the victory was not to be.

The South Korean women’s volleyball team (ranked 36th in the world), led by head coach Cesar Hernandez, fell 1-3 (22-25, 26-24, 21-25, 9-25) to Poland (ranked seventh in the world) in the second match of the Paris Olympic Qualification Group C on Monday (Aug. 18) in Łódź, Poland.

South Korea dropped their second straight Olympic Qualifier match after a shutout loss to Italy in their first match.

They were out-blocked (8-22) and out-served (3-4) by the taller Poles. Kang So-hwi finished with 16 points, including one service ace, and Pyo Seung-ju with 15 points, including one block, but were highlighted by the loss. Middle blockers Lee Ju-ah and Jung Ho-young each had three blocks.

After scoring two consecutive points at 19-23 in the first set to put pressure on the opponent, Korea was evenly matched with Poland midway through the second set. The score was as close as 14-19, but Jung Ho-young’s block and an opponent’s error gave the Koreans a foothold, and Kang So-hwi’s attack tied the score at 21-21 before Nachin Kim’s kill gave them a 23-21 lead.

Down 24-23, the Koreans went into deuce, but their momentum continued. Veteran Pyo Seung-ju scored back-to-back points to even the set.

With the momentum in their favor, Korea cruised to a 13-10 lead in the third set, but after tying the score at 15-15, they played a seesaw game again and struggled with their opponent’s offense after the 20th point to lose the set.바카라

After putting all their energy into the third set, the Koreans were held to nine points in the fourth set and were helplessly beaten.

South Korea will play Germany in the third match of Group C at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. The Germans are undefeated with two wins over Thailand and Colombia.

After playing Italy and Poland, South Korea will face Germany, the United States, Colombia, Thailand, and Slovenia. South Korea will need to finish in the top two of their pool to qualify for Paris.


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