Will they be able to regain their shattered pride on the Asian stage? The men’s volleyball team sets sail.
The national team led by coach Lim Do-heon will participate in the Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China from the 19th to the 26th.
Korea, ranked 27th in the world, was assigned to Group C. They will face India (73rd) at 8pm on the 20th Korean time, and Cambodia (unranked) at 3:30pm on the 21st. If you place in the top 2 of your group, you will advance to the round of 12. It is expected to proceed smoothly. In the round of 12, matches will be held for 1st to 6th and 7th to 12th places depending on the tournament results. Afterwards, the ranking match and finals will be held.
12 players were named to the national team. Setter Han Seon-su (Korean Air) and Hwang Taek-ui (Armed Forces Athletic Corps), aposite spikers Heo Soo-bong (Hyundai Capital) and Lim Dong-hyuk (Korean Air), outside heaters Jeon Gwang-in (Hyundai Capital), Na Gyeong-bok (Ministry of National Defense), Jeong Ji-seok, and Jeong Han-yong. (Korean Air), libero Park Kyung-min (Hyundai Capital), middle blockers Kim Gyu-min, Kim Min-jae (Korean Air), and Kim Jun-woo (Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance) were included in the final entry.
Lim Do-heon-ho suffered hardships at two Asian competitions this year. He finished third in the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Challenge Cup held last July. Initially, the goal was to win. This is because the winning team was given the right to participate in the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Challenger Cup. The ultimate goal was to reach the top of the Challenger Cup and join the 2024 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL).
However, they did not even advance to the finals. They were included in Group B of the group stage with Thailand and Saudi Arabia. Both Thailand and Saudi Arabia were defeated with a set score of 3-0. In the round of 12, they faced Mongolia and won 3-0. Even Daejinun followed. Through a lottery, they went straight to the semifinals without going through the quarterfinals.
The opponent in the semifinals was Bahrain. They were defeated with a set score of 0-3. After a deuce in the first set, they lost 33-35 and then lost both the second and third sets. Afterwards, they won 3-1 in the 3rd and 4th place match against Vietnam, confirming 3rd place, but the bitterness was greater. Thailand, coached by Park Ki-won, who previously led V-League LIG Insurance (now KB Insurance) and Korean Air, won the championship cup and the right to participate in the FIVB Challenger Cup.메이저사이트
Korea also participated in the Asian Championships last month. They were in Group F with Pakistan and Bangladesh. They easily passed the preliminary round with a 3-0 win over Bangladesh and a 3-1 win over Pakistan. In the 1st to 12th place match, they defeated Indonesia 3-2 and advanced to the next level. In the 1st to 6th place match, they were blocked by China 1-3 and bowed out. They won 3-1 in the 5th and 6th place match against Chinese Taipei and finished in 5th place. The result was below expectations.
Strengthening of power was necessary. Veteran setter Han was called. Kim Myeong-kwan (Hyundai Capital) was selected as a setter for the AVC Challenge Cup, and Hwang Seung-bin (KB Insurance) was selected as a setter for the Asian Championships along with Hwang Taek-eui. Coach Lim Do-heon decided to entrust important responsibility to a player who led Korean Air to three consecutive wins and a treble (KOVO Cup, regular league, and championship wins) last season.
Lim Do-heon-ho took the test at the Asian Games. The game starts before the official competition opening date (23rd). Powerhouses including Japan (5th), Iran (11th), Qatar (17th), and the home team China (29th) are waiting. Many believe that Korea’s gold medal will not be easy. If Korea takes first place in Group C, they will clash with the second place team in Group D at 3:30 pm on the 22nd. Group D includes Taiwan (43rd), Pakistan (51st), and Mongolia (91st).
If they defeat the 2nd place team in Group D, they will advance to the 1st to 6th place match. The 1st place in Group F will face the winner of the 2nd place in Group A match. Group F includes Japan, Indonesia (57th), Philippines (63rd), and Afghanistan (68th), while Group A includes China, Kyrgyzstan (ranking not calculated), and Kazakhstan (59th). With a high possibility of meeting Japan, they must win the match between Korea and Japan to aim for the semifinals and even the finals.
Korean men’s volleyball won gold medals a total of three times at the Asian Games. He achieved his first win at the Bangkok event in 1978, and achieved two consecutive wins at the 2002 Busan and 2006 Doha competitions. In the previous competition, the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang competition, they finished second after Iran. Attention is focused on the results of this Hangzhou competition.