The South Korean women’s volleyball team’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the Asian Volleyball Championship are now very slim after they were swept aside by Thailand.Korea lost to Thailand 0-3 (20-25 22-25 23-25) in straight sets in their Group E match of the quarter-final round of the 2023 Asian Volleyball Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on 3 March.Korea, who finished second in Pool C (2-1), started the quarter-final round with one loss.In Pool E, Vietnam, who defeated Korea in the preliminary round, and Pool A leader Thailand started the quarter-final round with one win, while Korea and Australia entered the match with one loss.The top two teams in Group E will advance to the quarter-finals.With two losses, South Korea will drop to the fifth to eighth place match if Vietnam wins the Vietnam-Australia match later in the day.Even if the Aussies beat Vietnam, South Korea would have to beat Australia on the fourth day and Thailand, which is virtually assured of a spot in the quarter-finals, would have to beat Vietnam to reach the final four.South Korea, who slipped to 35th in the FIVB rankings, were vastly outclassed by Thailand, who moved up to 15th.After conceding a fast break to Thailand at 16-16 in the first set, Korea was unable to break through Thailand’s tight defence in the ensuing rally. Attack errors by Lee Sun-woo (KGC Ginseng Corporation) and Lee Han-bi (Pepper Savings Bank) led to a 16-20 deficit and Korea lost the first set in vain.In the second set, Korea’s attack errors continued in the middle of the set, widening the gap.The Koreans fought hard to get back into the match, but were unable to get over the hump in the third set.At 21-21, Wipawi Sithong hit an open attack, and in the ensuing rally, Tanata Sooksot hit an unforced error.At 23-22, she conceded an open attack to Wipawi again to face match point.Park Jung-ah (Pepper Savings Bank) saved one point with an open attack, but Thailand ended the match with a diagonal attack from Wipawi at 24-23.Wipawi was named the Asia Quarter by Hyundai E&C of the Korean Professional Volleyball V League.In addition to outside hitter Wipawi, setters Ponpoon Gedpard (IBK) and Apojit Spike 카지노 (Korea Expressway Corporation), who will play in the 2023-2024 V-League, dominated the Korean representatives.

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