Korea women’s volleyball needs to ‘play its own game’ against ‘No. 1’ Poland

The South Korean women’s national volleyball team (ranked 38th in the world), led by Fernando Morales, will face a tough test. They will take on ‘absolute favorites’ Poland (World No. 3) in the second match of Week 2 of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Women 2024.

Korea will face Poland in the second match of Week 2 of the 2024 FIVB VNL Women’s Division at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, USA, on March 31 at 2:30 a.m. ET.

Poland is undefeated in the VNL this season with a 5-0 record (15 points). They haven’t dropped a set so far, 토토사이트 순위 with the exception of a 3-1 victory over Serbia on September 29th.

The Polish player who stood out the most in Week 1 was Agnieszka Corneluk. She is a tall middle blocker who stands at 6-foot-2. In three games so far in the VNL, she has totaled 38 points (16 blocked) in the VNL, showing off her offensive and defensive prowess. She was not included in the Week 2 roster.

But it’s too early to be complacent. Poland welcomed back captain Joanna Wojciech in Week 2. Joanna Wojciech is one of the best setters in the world today. She has a quick and accurate toss that is unique to Europe, as well as the ability to score directly. She is expected to be a formidable combination with the team’s main gun, 203-centimeter Apojit Stasiak.

The fact that Poland is coached by Ji Hanfa is also a factor that cannot be ignored. Poland’s baton is held by none other than Stefano Labarini. He led South Korea’s women’s volleyball team to a fourth-place finish at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Win or lose, the key will be how well they implement their Morales-type volleyball against a team with an objective power differential.

In this VNL, South Korea has shown a trend of getting better as the schedule progresses. Along with their ace Kang So-hwi, their middle blockers are becoming more and more important.

Korea was applauded for its fighting spirit against Bulgaria, and it will be interesting to see how they perform against Poland.

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