The Korean women’s national volleyball team, led by coach Cesar Hernández González (46), is looking for a glimmer of hope to advance to the Olympic finals.
The Korea Volleyball Association announced on the 12th, “The Korean women’s volleyball team will participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics qualifiers to be held in Łódź, Poland from September 16 to 24.”
A total of 14 players will be dispatched. Dain Kim (Hyundai Engineering & Construction) and Jiwon Kim (GS Caltex) lead the setter team, and the libero positions are
held by Yeongyeon Kim (Hyundai Engineering & Construction) and Jeongwon Moon (Korea Expressway Corporation). A total of five players, including Kang So-hwi, Kwon Min-ji (hereinafter referred to as GS Caltex), Park Jeong-ah, Lee Han-bi (hereinafter referred to as Pepper Savings Bank), and Pyo Seung-ju (IBK Industrial Bank), play the outside hitter position, while Lee Seon-woo (Cheong Kwan-jang) plays the outside hitter position. . Eun-jin Park, Ho-young Jeong (hereinafter referred to as Jeong Kwan-jang), Da-hyeon Lee (Hyundai Engineering & Construction), and Joo-ah Lee (Heungkuk Life Insurance) were selected as middle blockers.
Korea, in Group C of the 2024 Paris Olympics qualifiers, is the United States (2nd), Italy (5th), Poland (7th), Germany (12th), Thailand (14th), Colombia (20th), and Slovenia (25th). ), and after the single round robin, the second place in the group will be given the right to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The outlook is not bright. Cesar, launched in October 2021, achieved disastrous results in international competitions in which it participated. Although they called for a generational change after the retirement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics semifinalists such as ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (35, Heungkuk Life Insurance) and Yang Hyo-jin (34, Hyundai Engineering & Construction), 12 matches of the 202222222222222222 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL) were held. We got off to the worst start with all losses.
At the 2022 World Volleyball Championships, except for one win against Croatia, they lost 4 of 5 games, losing face, and continued their history of humiliation by losing all 12 games in the VNL held in Korea (week 3) this year. This time too, they only won 3 sets in the entire tournament, one set each against Germany in the 2nd week on June 18th, against Bulgaria in the 3rd week on June 27th, and against China on July 1st.안전놀이터
Up to this point, there had been some excuses for not being up to the world stage, but at the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Asian Championships, they also experienced shutout losses to Thailand and Kazakhstan, finishing in 6th place, so they could not avoid the criticism of being a ‘frog in a well’. The reality is that it is difficult to guarantee even one win against the highly ranked Group C teams of the Paris Olympics, but there is still a possibility of holding out hope as they have gained experience on the international stage in a short period of time.
The women’s volleyball team will depart for Lodz, Poland, the venue of the tournament, via flight LO098 from Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 at 11:20 a.m. on September 14.