Korean college and professional volleyball prospects achieved the splendid feat of advancing to the semifinals by defeating rivals Japan and China consecutively in an international competition held in Korea. The Korean volleyball team led by coach Kim Chan-ho scored a set score 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16) and achieved a complete victory. Following the victory over Japan the previous day, Korea also defeated China on the same day, confirming their advancement to the semifinals early with a two-game win in the Group A league. Korea will play its final group stage game against Thailand at 10:00 am on the 28th.
In the game against China on the 27th, Korea posted 13 points and 9 points, respectively, outside hitters Lee Joon (Korean Air) and Park Seung-soo (OK Financial Group). Apposite spiker Park Ye-chan (Kyung Hee University) also scored 9 points, and the attacking triangle played an even role. On this day, the middle blockers performed brilliantly. This is because they won a landslide victory in the central high-altitude battle against China, a tall corps.
In particular, Cho Jin-seok (Kyung Hee University), who is 216 cm tall, the tallest in Korean volleyball history and the tallest in the world, played a big role and became the vanguard of the team’s victory. On this day, Cho Jin-seok thoroughly blocked the central fast attack of Yang Yu-ze (213cm), the tallest middle blocker in China. Yuze Yang only scored one goal. On the other hand, Jin-seok Cho scored 7 points, the 3rd most in the team, with a fast break and strong serve, even though he only played in the 1st or 2nd sets on the offensive side.
On this day, Cho Jin-seok showed off the new concept of ‘Standing Spike Serve’, which uses a powerful spike serve while standing, drawing exclamation from fans. 스포츠토토 In the first set, he shook China’s defense by even scoring a serve. In the third set, he did not play for the sake of even selection. Another middle blocker, Kim Jin-young (Chungnam National University), also led the team in winning the third set by scoring 7 points. China’s apogee Zhang Ziheng scored 9 points and outside hitter Zhang Chichang scored 8 points, but could not prevent the team from losing.
After the match against China, coach Kim Chan-ho of the Korean national team said, “I was worried before the start of the tournament, thinking that Japan, China, and Thailand would not be able to advance to the quarterfinals easily because all of them had formidable strength. Furthermore, since the players of the professional team joined after playing the Universiade, the KOVO Cup, and their team practice matches, it was only one day that all the main members gathered and worked together.” At the same time, he gave credit to the players, saying, “The players’ strong will to achieve good results in meaningful international competitions held in Korea was the driving force behind advancing to the semifinals.”
In addition, coach Kim said, “The biggest purpose of this tournament is to help college and professional team prospects develop their skills to the next level through the experience of international competitions.” I am trying to be very considerate in terms of player appointments,” he emphasized. Meanwhile, the quarterfinals and semifinals will be held on the 30th, and the finals will be held on the 31st. SBS Sports will broadcast live all the semi-finals and finals.