The South Korean women’s volleyball team ended the third week of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League preliminary round with a 0-3 defeat to Germany at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Thursday.

Despite adding Kim Yeon-koung to the national team, Korea still had difficulty breaking through the German blocks during the match. But Kim performed well in his role when he scored 11 points.

South Korea ended all three matches of its week with losses, as they previously lost to the United States 1-3 and Brazil 0-3. This is a disappointing defeat for Korea, because this is the first time since 2012, this team lost to Germany. Looking at the all-time head-to-head record, Korea is leading with 20 wins and 6 losses. With three consecutive losses, South Korea ranked 15th out of 16 participating teams with one win and eight losses, totaling three points.

South Korea will now head to Italy for Week Four of the competition, where they will play against Russia, Italy and Bulgaria. South Korea will then return home for Week Five of the preliminary round, which will be held in Boryeong, South Chungcheong. At home, Korea will close the preliminary round with matches against Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic and Japan.

The FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League was established in 2018 to replace the World Grand Prix, which used to be an annual international women’s event. With 16 countries competing, the preliminary round lasts 5 weeks in a round-robin format. Each week, the teams are divided into four groups of four, and the top six teams after five weeks advance to the finals.

by Kang Yoo-rim

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