Korean women’s volleyball’s downward spiral never ends—0-3 loss to Dominican Republic, VNL ’30th consecutive defeat’

South Korea’s women’s volleyball team continues its never-ending downward spiral. This time, it’s a 30th straight loss in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL).

South Korea fell 0-3 (13-25 19-25 20-25) to the Dominican Republic (ranked No. 9) in straight sets in the third match of the first week of the VNL at the Maracaranginho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, 토토사이트 Brazil, on Nov. 19.

With the loss, Korea extended its losing streak in the tournament to 30 matches, dating back to 2021. South Korea lost three straight matches in 2021, 12 consecutive years in 2022 and 2023 without a win, 24 straight matches in each of those years, and three straight this year. The losing streak has caused South Korea’s FIVB World Ranking, which was 40th before the tournament began, to drop further to 42nd.

South Korea is currently without a single point. In the tournament, which awards three points for a 3-0 or 3-1 set win, two points for a 3-2 win, and one point for a 2-3 loss, South Korea, Bulgaria (four losses) and Thailand (two losses) are the only three countries in the 16-nation field that have not earned a single point.

The Dominican Republic dominated the match, with the three sets lasting just 1 hour and 18 minutes combined. Jung Ji-yoon (Hyundai E&C – 12 points) and Kang So-hwi (Korea Expressway Corporation – 9 points) led the offense, but the rest of the team’s scoring was too low.

South Korea will close out week one with a 5:30 a.m. match against Thailand on Tuesday before traveling to Arlington, Texas, USA, for week two on the 30th.

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