This time, only the beginning was a close match…Korea lost 0-3 to Croatia

Again, as the first match did not work out, the situation of giving up and collapsing repeatedly continued. Fighting spirit and morale were hard to find. 

On the morning of the 17th (hereafter Korean time), Korea scored a set score 0-3 (23-25, 21-21-0) against Croatia in the second week of the 2023 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL) held at Nielsen Nelson Arena in Brasilia, Brazil. 25, 14-25).

In the second week, with only one game left, there was no result this time. Croatia, which gave Korea one win at the World Championship last September, bombed Korea proudly this time. 

Korea showed a lack of support this time as well, holding out in the early stages and then collapsing in the 2nd and 3rd sets. Including the 1st and 2nd weeks of this year, they are losing a total of 7 games. The situation where I couldn’t even win a set kept repeating. Combined with last year’s VNL matches, it is a total of 19 consecutive losses. 

Jeong Ho-young scored 10 points, Pyo Seung-ju scored 9 points, and Jung Ji-yoon, Moon Ji-yoon, and Kang So-hui each scored 5 points. For Croatia, Shamadan scored 18 points, Karatović scored 11 points, and Mihaljević scored 9 points. 

The first set was a tight push-and-pull match. In a 4-4 tie situation, Milosi’s repeated hits were unfortunately not received. Moon Jeong-won succeeded in attack cover with difficulty, but missed the attack that came over later. Croatia took the lead by three points. Moon Ji-yoon’s rearguard was unfortunately not eaten. 

Pyo Seung-joo’s parry attack succeeded, and right after that, Lee Da-hyun scored directly. Followed up to 14-14. In the second half of the game, Chung Ho-young’s serve ace exploded and Korea made a turnaround point. In addition, with 5 consecutive goals, Korea’s first set was right in front of their eyes. However, it was caught up to 23-23 due to frequent mistakes, and finally the opponent caught the match point first. Mihaljević’s goal in the last minute gave Croatia a 25-23 reversal.

In the first half of the second set, Croatia took a two-point lead. In a situation where they were pushed back to 6-8, the attack of the voters was out and the atmosphere was focused on Croatia. In a regrettable situation, Kang So-hui came forward and scored a high push to chase up to 1 point. 

The score was tied at 13-13. A long rally came out in a situation where each other’s receive was shaking. Jeong Ji-yoon’s attack led to a brilliant come-from-behind score. However, after Croatia’s consecutive goals came out, they were overtaken again. Since then, the gap has widened. In the second half of the set, there was no sharp turnaround. Shamadan scored at the end and Croatia took the second set 25-21.안전놀이터

After giving up both the first and second sets earlier, Korea’s morale plummeted. In the third set, Croatia’s main strikers scored consecutively. Both concentration and receiving were shaken, and he was caught in the room for remnants of crime. It was pushed to 10-19. Pyo Seung-ju’s attack was blocked by Martina’s blocking and entered the match point, and the match ended with Antunovic’s double pass-painting attack. 

On the morning of the 19th, Korea will finish the second week of the schedule with the match against Germany. After returning home through Incheon International Airport on the 21st, they will start their 3-week journey in Korea on the 27th.  

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