(SAOXING=News1) By Jang Won Seo = Apogee spiker Heo Soo-bong (Hyundai Capital) was among those who expressed deep disappointment after the South Korean men’s volleyball team’s shocking quarterfinal exit.
South Korea, led by coach Lim Do-heon, lost to Pakistan 0-3 (19-25 22-25 21-25) in straight sets in their men’s volleyball quarterfinal match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the China Textile City Sports Center Gymnasium in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, China on Wednesday.
After suffering a 2-3 shock loss to India in their first match of the group stage, South Korea narrowly missed out on a place in the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Cambodia in their second match. However, they were unable to get past Pakistan in the round of 12 and suffered an early exit.
South Korea shook its head after failing to win a medal before the opening ceremony even took place. It’s been 61 years since the men’s volleyball team finished without a medal at an Asian Games, dating back to 1962 in Jakarta (fifth place). 안전토토사이트
After the game, Heo Su-bong bit his lip, saying, “The players have been training hard since May, and it’s a shame that we couldn’t perform at a big event like the Asian Games, but we did our best, so I hope the players don’t hang their heads.”
South Korea is a country where the price of athletes keeps rising, but their performance keeps declining. It has literally become a ‘frog in a well’.
“First of all, the opponent’s serve is strong. We need to have a serve like that,” he said, adding, “They had good height and strength. We need to think more about how to block and defend well.”