South Korean men’s volleyball loses to China to reach Asia Championship quarterfinals

South Korea Men’s National Volleyball Team

The South Korean men’s national volleyball team failed to reach the quarterfinals of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) 2023 Asian Championship.

Led by head coach Lim Do-heon, the Koreans fell 1-3 (25-21 22-25 26-28 18-25) to China in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Urmia, 토토 Iran on Friday (June 25).

The Koreans struggled in the height battle against the taller Chinese and fell short. Their bid to win the title for the first time since 2003 came to an end.

South Korea struggled to gain height against China, who were missing several key players from the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL). The Chinese were without their main guns in Zhang Jingyin and Zhang Chuan, but they did have the likes of 202-centimeter outside hitter Zhang Jianghua and outside hitter Deng Xinfeng.

In the first set, Korea took the lead through Jeong Jung-yong and Jeong Ji-seok (Korean Air), with a late attack from Heo Soo-bong (Hyundai Capital).

However, Korea faltered in the second set as they were blocked by China’s long blockers. 안전놀이터 With Heo Su-bong unavailable, Korea brought in Lim Dong-hyuk (Korean Air) for the apogee, but fell behind 11-16 midway through the set, and despite a late rally, dropped the second set 22-25.

A slim third-set lead faltered in the back row. A block by China’s Zhang Zhanghua at 26-26 deuce gave South Korea a set point, but an attack by Jeong Ji-seok immediately went off the court, costing South Korea the crucial third set.

In the fourth set, Korea tried to change things up by substituting Hwang Seung-bin (KB Sonbo) for setter Hwang Taek-ui (Armed Forces Athletic Corps), but it didn’t work. In the end, Korea fell to China and were unable to advance to the quarterfinals.

Korea will play Chinese Taipei for the fifth and final spot.

The quarterfinals were also finalized on the same day. China, who defeated South Korea, will play home favorite Iran in the quarterfinals. In the other semifinal, 스포츠토토 Japan and Qatar will meet.

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