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KOREA WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL UPSETS TAIWAN AFTER SHOCK LOSS AT ASIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

South Korea’s women’s volleyball team bounced back from a shock loss to Chinese Taipei to reach the quarterfinals at the 22nd Asian Games .The Cesar Gonzalez-led squad came from behind to defeat Chinese Taipei 3-2 (25-13 25-22 23-25 22-25 15-8) in straight sets in the second match of their Group C match at the 2023 Asian Games at Chachai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Wednesday. It was a welcome respite for South Korea, who started the tournament on a dismal note with a 2-3 loss to Vietnam in a close match the day before .South Korea, which is tied with Chinese Taipei at 1-1 after two-win group leader Vietnam, will play its final group match against two-loss underdog Uzbekistan at 5 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the same venue .In the four-group tournament, the first and second place finishers in each group advance to the quarterfinals .After taking the first two sets against 47th-ranked Vietnam in the FIVB World Championships, Korea (38th) nearly fell victim to the same fate when they lost the next three sets to 48th-ranked Chinese Taipei after taking a 2-0 lead .Korea took advantage of back-to-back attack errors by Chinese Taipei in the first set to take an 8-5 lead, then extended it to 23-13 on a touch-out kill by Kwon Min-ji (GS Caltex) and service aces by Jung Ho-young (KGC Ginseng Corporation) and Kang So-hwi (GS Caltex).Taiwan’s multiple errors in serving, attacking, and touching the net contributed to the large gap in the score. In the second set, Korea was down by as many as four points to Taiwan, who revitalized their blocking, but midway through the set, Kwon Min-ji, Kang So-hwi, and Lee Ju-ah (Heungkuk Life) scored consecutive points to make it 17-14.Kwon Min-ji threw cold water on Taiwan’s bouncy offense with a deft push at 23-21.Korea then lost focus and struggled on defense, falling behind 10-16 in the third set to give Taiwan a set .In the closely contested fourth set, Korea took the lead at 20-18, but their nagging serve-receive anxiety prevented them from attacking down low, and they were forced to settle for a 21-23 loss and another fifth set. In the fifth set, Korea used two celestial service aces from Lee Sun-woo (KGC Ginseng Corporation) and two blocker touchout points from Kang So-hwi to reach the 10-point mark for the first time and hold off 카지노사이트킹 Taiwan.

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