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Worst case scenario for Korean women’s volleyball! Vietnam beat

if they lose to China this evening, no medals are confirmed for the first time in 17 years
There was no scenario that Korean women's volleyball had hoped for. We must defeat China. If you lose, you will fail to advance to the semifinals.

The North Korean women's volleyball team won 1-3 (17-25, 20) against Vietnam in the quarterfinals of Group E of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the gymnasium of Hangzhou Normal University Changqian Campus, Hangzhou, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on the 4th at 2:30 pm (local time). -25, 25-20, 22-25).

It was a scenario that Korea did not want. I hoped North Korea would capture Vietnam. That way, even if Korea loses the game against China at 7 PM on the 4th, there is still a possibility of advancing to the semifinals.

The quarterfinals are held based on preliminary results. Group E included 1st place China and 2nd place North Korea in Group A, and 1st place Vietnam and 2nd place South Korea in Group C. China and Vietnam start with one win, and North Korea and South Korea start with one loss.

Vietnam, which achieved two wins including the victory against Korea in the preliminary league, has virtually confirmed its advancement to the semifinals. If China defeats Korea, they will achieve the feat of advancing to the semifinals of the Asian Games for the first time in history, regardless of the game against China tomorrow.

Korea, which has one loss, would lose twice if it loses to China. Then, even if we beat North Korea on the 5th, we would still have 1 win and 2 losses. They cannot overcome China and Vietnam, who have 2 wins and 1 loss.

In the end, with Vietnam taking on North Korea, there is now only one way for Korea to advance to the semifinals. We must win the game against China at 7 p.m. without fail. If they lose, they will be without a medal for the first time in 17 years since the 2006 Doha Games.

For Vietnam, ace Tran Thi Thanh Thuy scored 25 points. Apogee spiker Hoang Thi Khieu Trinh also contributed to the team's victory with 15 points and Tran Thu Linh with 12 points. A total of four players scored in double digits.

North Korea struggled with Kim Hyun-joo scoring 31 points, the most for both teams, but they could not smile. Beomsil also had a big difference of 19-11.

Vietnam lost the momentum by allowing consecutive goals at 5-5 in the first set. Vietnam launched an attack with Thuy at the forefront. They overtook North Korea with organized play along with quick attacks. North Korea also put pressure on Vietnam with main gun Kim Hyun-joo, but was unable to narrow the score gap. The mistake that came out every time it was important also left something to be desired.

North Korea scored three points in a row at 12-19. Kim Gook-hwa's attack score made it 15-19 after the opponent's serve and attack error. But there was no reversal. Vietnam's Hui continued to attack, and the first set ended with two powerful serve aces that broke North Korea's will to chase at 17-23.

Vietnam was strong in the second set as well. While North Korea was destroying itself through mistakes, they were calmly accumulating points. There was also a difference in attack scores. Kim Hyun-joo worked hard, but there was no player to help her. When Hui did not attack, Vietnam opened a path through Trinh's attack.

For North Korea, Eo Ryong-gyeong and Kim Kuk-hwa contributed to the scoring. It was ugly until 16-20, and then at 17-22, Kim Hyun-joo's turning point shook the Vietnamese court. Kim Hyun-joo showed off her presence in the attack and trailed by 19-22. However, Vietnam put North Korea's pursuit to rest. It shook North Korea from the center, not from the left or right. Vietnam also scored the last point of the second set with a quick attack in the center.

North Korea took the lead in the early part of the third set. Kim Gook-hwa, Kim Hyun-joo, and opponent Beomsil took a 6-3 lead. Vietnam narrowed the score gap again with Tran Thu Linh and Thuy scoring in succession. However, once again, North Korea ran away with a 10-6 lead thanks to Son Hyang-mi's attack, Lim Hyang's serve, and Kim Hyun-joo's attack score. North Korea survived even with a solid defense. Vietnam made a series of mistakes and did not show the performance they showed in the first and second sets. The North Korean bench cheered when Kim Hyun-joo's block made it 15-9.
North Korea did not give up the atmosphere. Unlike the first and second sets, the players began to ease the burden on Kim Hyun-joo. North Korea reached the 20-point mark thanks to Kim Kuk-hwa's quick break score. Kim Hyun-joo continued to add strength in the attack, and North Korea took the 3rd set and pushed the game to the 4th set. Son Hyang-mi put an end to the 3rd set.

North Korea ran away to 8-6 in the fourth set with consecutive scores from Kim Kuk-hwa and Lim Hyang, but Vietnam also narrowed the gap due to the opponent's mistakes. Kim Hyun-joo's attack error and the opponent's position fault resulted in a successful comeback. Afterwards, a back-and-forth match continued. At 13-13, Vietnam ran away with consecutive goals from Trinh Thu Linh and Thuy to make it 15-13.

North Korea's will to pursue has cooled. Vietnam changed Thuy's score from out to in through video review. He then scored consecutive points in the center to advance to 18-14. Vietnam did not lose the initiative and settled the game. North Korea's consecutive scores in the last minute allowed them to chase, 22-23, but they did not give up a comeback. North Korea was captured thanks to Tui's great performance.
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