Korea extended the losing streak at the 2022 Volleyball Nations League. The South Korean national volleyball team lost to the Dominican Republic last Wednesday. As a result, they lost five games, with each ending in three straight sets.
According to betting odds experts, South Korea had two more blocks than the Dominican Republic. However, the latter had more attacks and digs. As a result, they managed to win against South Korea 25-21, 25-17, 25-13.
Peña Isabel was the top scorer for the Dominican Republic with 22 points. Jung Ho-young led South Korea with ten points. According to Korea Sports League news reports, it was Jung’s first time playing in the Volleyball Nations League. Aside from Jung, sixteen other South Korean national team members played in the VNL for the first time.
Korea Extended the Losing Streak
The South Korean team is missing the presence of veterans Yang Hyo-jin, Kim Su-ji, and Kim Yeon-koung. They retired from national team duties after the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. However, according to volleyball and basketball betting Korea sources, online nine players have experience playing in the Volleyball Nations League.
Aside from the fresh faces on the court, there’s a new person on the bench. South Korea hired Cesar Hernandez Gonzalez as the new head coach. Also, his contract will be until 2024. He used to be the assistant coach under Stefano Lavarini. The VNL is the first tournament the team will play with Gonzalez as the head coach.
In 2018, Korea finished in 12th place, which was their best finish in the Volleyball Nations League. In 2019 and 2021, they were second to the last. The VNL played in a bubble last year, with all games played in Italy. It returned to its regular format, where 16 teams compete in a round-robin in six cities across the globe.