After a shock loss to India, the Hangzhou Asian Games men’s volleyball team defeated Cambodia to reach the round of 12. Despite the win, it was not a convincing victory, even against the ‘amateur-level’ Cambodians. They have a long way to go to restore their honor.
The men’s national volleyball team defeated Cambodia in straight sets 3-0 (25-23 25-13 25-15) in the Men’s Volleyball Group C match at the Hangzhou Asian Games at the Linping Sports Center in Hangzhou, China on November 21. A ‘shutout’ win, but a sour taste in the mouth.
The national team had a shocking first set. They nearly dropped the first set, allowing a 23-23 tie. South Korea is ranked 27th in the world. Cambodia is not even ranked in the world. Against such an opponent, the team committed 11 attack errors in the first set alone.
Heo Su-bong’s attack with an apogee spiker was blocked by the opponent, giving them an early 10-point lead. They managed to get to 22-18, but their serve and reception faltered and they dropped four points. They exchanged one point each at 22-22, and then Kim Min-jae and Na Kyung-bok scored back-to-back points to complete the 25th point. Dropping the first set would have been even more devastating than the 2-3 loss to India (ranked 73rd in the world) the day before.토토사이트
The second and third sets were easily won by the national team. Both sets were decided by 10 points or more. Jeong Ji-seok was the top scorer for both teams with 11 points. He was followed by Kim Min-jae with 10 points and Lim Dong-hyuk with 9 points.
With the 1-1 record, the team finished second in Group C behind India and advanced to the Round of 12. They will face the winner of Group D, Pakistan (ranked 51st in the world), on Nov. 22. Despite being ranked below them, they can’t afford to let their guard down. Like India, who suffered a shock defeat the previous day, Pakistan’s recent growth has been unexpected.