The South Korean women’s volleyball team’s chances of advancing to the quarterfinals of the Asian Volleyball Championship are slim after being swept by Thailand.
Korea lost to Thailand 0-3 (20-25 22-25 23-25) in straight sets in their quarterfinal round Group E match at the 2023 Asian Volleyball Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Wednesday.
South Korea, who finished second in Pool C (2-1), entered the quarterfinal round with one loss.
In Pool E, Vietnam, who defeated Korea in the preliminary round, and Pool A champion Thailand began the quarterfinal round with one win, while Korea and Australia entered the match with one loss.
The top two teams in Group E advance to the quarterfinals.
With two losses, South Korea will drop to the 5th-8th place matchup if Vietnam wins the Vietnam-Australia game later in the day.
Even if the Aussies beat Vietnam, South Korea would have to beat Australia on Thursday and Thailand, which is virtually assured of a spot in the quarterfinals, would have to beat Vietnam to advance.
South Korea, which slipped to No. 35 in the FIVB rankings, is far outclassed by Thailand, which moved up to No. 15.
After conceding a fast break to Thailand at 16-16 in the first set, Korea was unable to break through Thailand’s tight defense in the ensuing rally. Attack errors by Lee Sun-woo (KGC Ginseng Corporation) and Lee Han-bi (Pepper Savings Bank) brought the score to 16-20, and Korea lost the first set in vain.
In the second set, Korea’s attack errors continued in the middle of the set, widening the gap.
The Koreans fought hard to get back into the match, but were unable to get over the hump in the third set.
At 21-21, Wipawi Sithong missed an open attack, and in the ensuing rally, Tanata Sooksot hit an unforced error.
At 23-22, she conceded an open attack to Wipawi again to face match point.
Park Jung-ah (Pepper Savings Bank) got one point back with an open attack, but Thailand ended the match with a diagonal attack from Wipawi at 24-23.
Wipawi was named the Asia Quarter by Hyundai E&C of the Korean Professional Volleyball V League.
In addition to outside hitter Wipawi, setters Ponpoon Gedpard (IBK) and Apojit Spike (Korea Expressway Corporation), who will play in the 2023-2024 V-League, dominated the Korean representatives. 안전카지노사이트