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Women’s vollyball team has bad week at competition

June 08,2019
The Korean women’s volleyball team finished week three of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League preliminary round with a 0-3 loss to Germany at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Thursday.

Despite the addition of Kim Yeon-koung to the national team, Korea still struggled to get through Germany’s blocks throughout the match. But Kim managed to fulfill her role by scoring 11 points.

Korea finished all three of its week three matches with losses, as they previously lost to the United States 1-3 and to Brazil 0-3. This was a disappointing loss for Korea, as this is the first time since 2012 that the team lost to Germany. Looking at the all-time head-to-head record, Korea is well ahead with 20 wins and six losses. With three straight losses, Korea is ranked 15th out of 16 participating teams at one win and eight losses, totaling three points.

Korea will now be heading to Italy for Week Four of the competition where it’ll play against Russia, Italy and Bulgaria. Then, Korea will return home for Week Five of the preliminary round, which will be hosted in Boryeong, South Chungcheong. At home, Korea will close the preliminary round with matches against Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic and Japan.

The FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League was created in 2018 to replace the World Grand Prix, which used to be an annual women’s international event. With 16 countries competing, the preliminary round covers five weeks in a round-robin format. Each week, teams are divided into four groups of four teams and the top six teams after the five weeks advance to the final round.

By Kang Yoo-rim