The first opponent in this year’s VNL is Turkiye…’Cesarjo’ has two days to go

How much can they overcome last year’s heartbreak this time around? There are only two days left for the Korean national team to make their first VNL appearance of the year.

From 30 June to 2 July, the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2023 will kick off. The women’s final will take place on 17 July.

Week 1 (30 May-4 June) will be held in Antalya, Turkey. The Korean team departed for the venue on 22 May via Incheon International Airport.

Their first opponent will be the host nation of Turkiye. The Turks are currently ranked seventh (299.02 points), well above Korea (23rd, 148.84 points). It’s a tough start to their journey against a formidable opponent.메이저사이트

The Turks and Caicos were coached by Lavarini until last year, but this year they have a new coach in Daniele Santarelli. Santarelli led Serbia to victory at the 2022 World Championships.

The Turkiye roster currently includes Gijem Örge, Aköz Simge Sevnem (libero), Özbai Kansu, Shahin Elif (setter), Ebrar Karakurt and Melissa Vargas (outside hitter), Eda Erdem, Akman Kubra, Zehra Günesh and Kalak Asli (middle blockers), Salihah Sahin, Aydin Ilkin, Hande Balajin and Deria Chevezoglu (outside hitters).

Several of these players are well known to Korean fans through their global performances at the Olympics and on the international stage. Eda Erdem, Zehra Günesh, and Hande Baladin stand out. On the other hand, there are some newcomers to the national team.

Eda Erdem, who played alongside Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life) at Fenerbahçe, is now the captain of the national team in Turkiye. Her strengths are her secondary connection and serve, and she is also good at blocking. In last year’s VNL, he was named MVP in a victory over South Korea. Guinness, 23, who defends the middle, also played against South Korea in Tokyo and was ranked first overall in blocking. In addition to his defensive prowess, he is also a fast attacker.

Elsewhere, young attacker Evrar Karakurt (194cm), born in 2000, uses his good height to attack opponents with high hits and a consistent serve. He has been a member of the U-18 national team since 2017 and won the Best Apogee Spiker award at the 2019 VNL. She stands out for her bold and unique reactions after scoring. He scored 17 points against the Korean National Team in last year’s VNL.

The Cuban-born Vargas stands at 6-foot-3 and has a very quick and tricky spike that allows him to power through opposing blockers or bomb down the court. She can play both outside hitter and outside spiker and is listed as an outside hitter in this roster. This will be her first appearance for the national team at the VNL.

Korea’s roster includes Lee Ju-ah, Park Eun-jin and Jung Ho-young (middle blockers), Yeom Hye-sun and Kim Dain (setters), Moon Jung-won and Shin Yeon-kyung (liberos), Park Jung-ah, Jeong Ji-yoon, Kim Mi-yeon, Pyo Seung-joo and Kang So-hwi (outside hitters) and Moon Ji-yoon (opposite spiker).

South Korea’s head-to-head victories over Turkiye are few and far between, with the Koreans winning four straight from the London 2012 Olympic Games to the 2018 VNL Qualifiers, 2019 VNL Qualifiers and 2021 VNL Qualifiers.

Their most recent victory came in the quarter-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, followed by 1-3 and 0-3 defeats at the 2022 VNL and 2022 World Championships, respectively.

In last year’s VNL, Kang So-hwi scored 13 points, Kim Hee-jin 11, Jung Ho-young and Park Jung-ah 10 each, while Karakurt had 17, Günesh 15 and Erdem 10 for the Turkiye side. It was also the first time South Korea took a set, having previously failed to win a set against Japan, Germany, Serbia, Poland, Canada, Dominica and the Netherlands.

With two days to go, the team’s morale will be tested in their first match. The team has been training domestically under new coach Han Yoo-mi and has been meeting with Cesar on the ground to get acclimatised. It is not possible to improve dramatically, but it is most important to stay focused and mentally strong.

Meanwhile, Korea will kick off their first match of Week 1 on 1 June at 8pm local time (2am KST) against Turkiye.

The second week of the VNL (13-18 June) will be held in Brazil, while the final three weeks (27-27 July) will be held at the Chilbo Gymnasium in Seosuwon, South Korea.

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