Both the Korean and Brazilian women’s volleyball teams have injured players. Korea’s Kim Da-in and Shin Yeon-kyung, Brazil’s Gabriela Guimaraes (Gabi) and Ana Cristina.메이저놀이터
Korea and Brazil will face off for the first time in the second week of the 2023 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL) in Brasilia, Brazil at 9 am (Korean time) on the 15th.
Korea faced Turkiye, Canada, the United States and Thailand in the first week and all suffered shutout defeats. The first victory report is desperate. In Week 1, various attempts were made. The starting lineup was changed, and Moon Jeong-won made his debut as a libero. Moon Ji-yoon’s first VNL goal was also scored, but there was no victory.
In addition, there were cases where they suffered a come-from-behind defeat even in a situation where they were leading by a large score difference. In Korea’s second game against the United States, they had a 7-point lead in the second set, but finally allowed a turnaround and lost the set. To win sets, you need concentration to win.
In the second week, Korea, which was trying to turn around, faced bad news of injury. Setter Kim Da-in (Hyundai E&C) and libero Shin Yeon-kyung (IBK Industrial Bank) were excluded from the list due to injury. Dain Kim suffered an abdominal muscle injury and Yeonkyung Shin could not join due to back pain. There are vacancies in the setter and libero positions. Kim Da-in’s seat is filled by Kim Ji-won (GS Caltex), but Moon Jeong-won (Korea Expressway Corporation) alone has to take responsibility for the entire second week as libero. Attention is also focusing on how Cesar will overcome the crisis.
Kim Ji-won, who wore the Taegeuk mark for the first time, also feels a sense of responsibility. She has to take responsibility for the setter position with Yum Hye-sun. In the 2020 V-League Rookie Draft, he joined GS Caltex with the first pick in the first round. Born in 2001, he is still among the young. Attention is focusing on whether he will be able to overcome the pressure of international competition.
Brazil is also not in a good situation. Ana Cristina, who was responsible for the most goals in Brazil in the first week, was injured and was unable to play. He suffered a right knee injury during training on the 13th. Ana Cristina scored a total of 78 points in Week 1 and is seventh overall. His injury, which was active as the main gun, is approaching even more painfully.
Brazilian ace Gabi was scheduled to join in the second week. However, after the 2023 European Volleyball Federation (CEV) Champions League Final held on May 20, he felt pain in his left knee and chose to rest. This is a precautionary choice to prevent the situation from getting worse.
Although the ace and main gun are missing, it is by no means an easy opponent. Brazil ranked 5th with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss in the first week of the VNL. The world ranking also rose to No. 1.
South Korea faced bad news in a situation where victory was necessary. Now you have to start holding on. Can we find hope at the beginning of the second week?