It was an unspeakable defeat. When will they be able to enjoy the joy of victory?
The South Korean women’s national volleyball team, led by head coach Cesar Hernandez Gonzalez, lost 0-3 (17-25, 16-25, 18-25) against Canada in Week 1 of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Women 2023 in Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday.
South Korea got off to a rough start, falling 0-3 in their first match of Week 1 against Turkuye on Nov. 1. The loss was their second of the tournament.
No player scored in double figures. Kim Mi-yeon was the top scorer with eight points. She was followed by Park Jung-ah with seven points, Lee Da-hyun and Pyo Seung-ju with five points apiece, and Lee Ju-ah with four points.
Korea fell behind 5-10 in the first set after a Van Busskirk move, and the gap started to widen to 10-17 when Park’s serve went out of bounds while Mitrovic scored on her own serve. Park’s attack was blocked by the opponent’s blocking, giving Korea a 15-22 lead, making it difficult to find any hope. Despite Park’s five points in the first set, Korea was blocked three times and had no blocked points. There were also six unforced errors.
The second set started with Kim Mi-yeon. It was a similar story to the first set, with Korea falling behind and surrendering a 5-10 lead. A Van Buskirk kill made it 9-15, and Pyo Seung-ju scored a push kill, but they had to settle for a 12-19 lead. The Koreans then gave up back-to-back points to Hoyu and lost the lead for good at 12-21.
South Korea went 0-3 in their last match in Turku, but they were able to come back from a 24-26 deuce deficit in the third set against Canada. After surrendering a 9-15 lead in the third set when Kim Mi-yeon was blocked by her opponent, Korea came close to defeat at 14-20 when Lee Da-hyun’s serve was broken.
토토사이트 The nightmare of last year’s 12-game loss in the VNL was starting to come back to haunt them. Korea will look to get the much-awaited win in their next match, which will be against world No. 4 USA at 11 p.m. on March 3.