The South Korean women’s national team, ranked 25th in the world, have suffered their fourth consecutive defeat to open the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2023.
The Cesar Hernandez-led side lost 0-3 (17-25 26-28 21-25) to Thailand (ranked 14th in the world) in straight sets in their fourth match of Week 1 of the tournament at the Antalya Sports Hall in Turkuye on Thursday.토토사이트
The Koreans, who lost 0-3 to Canada, USA and Canada in succession, also failed to win a set this time. South Korea remains in 15th place out of 16 teams. In last place is Croatia. After losing all four matches in Week 1, South Korea will travel to Brazil for Week 2.
Park Jung-ah had 14 points, Moon Ji-yoon had nine, Lee Ju-ah had eight and Jung Ho-young had seven.
For Thailand, Moksri Chatchuon scored 20 points, Kokram Pimpichaya had 13, Uekjang Tadao had 11 and Bamrungsuk Hatthaya had seven.
Thailand took the lead in the first set after a brilliant toss from Ponpun Gedpard, who is set to join IBK in the South Korean V-League. Korea’s captain Park Jung-ah scored points with blocks and open attacks to cut the deficit.
The Koreans pulled back to 16-17, but attacks from Jung Jeong-yoon and Lee Ju-ah from outside the circle brought the score back up. Jung Ho-young’s fastball and Kang So-hwi’s open attack were blocked. Jung’s overnet error cost Korea the first set.
The second set was close. Jung Ho-young’s fastball and Kim Mi-yeon’s service ace gave Korea a narrow lead. Thailand’s Ponpun’s toss was still powerful.
A service error at the end of the second set hindered Korea. Kang So-hwi dropped serve at 23-22 and Moon Ji-yoon dropped serve at set point at 24-23 to allow deuce. At 26-27, Pyo Seung-joo’s open attack was blocked and he dropped another set.
Korea took the lead early in the third set. For Thailand, Wipawee Sittong, who is set to join Hyundai E&C in the Korean V-League, led the flanking attack. After a break, Ponpun returned to the court in the closing minutes of the set, and from then on, Thailand scored consecutive points. Pyo Seung-joo’s hitting was unsuccessful, and the Koreans made a mistake. In the end, Thailand lost the third set 25-21.