Asia’s Japan and China women’s volleyball teams opened their Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification matches with victories. Playing at home, both teams (Japan in Group B and China in Group A) marked their first victories to boost their Olympic hopes. South Korea, led by Cesar Hernández González, will open their Group C campaign on Sunday (July 17) against “European powerhouse” Italy.
In Group B, Japan defeated South American team Peru in straight sets, 3-0. They dropped the match in Tokyo, Japan, on the 16th. They closed out the first set with a commanding 25-9 lead and took the second set 25-19. The third set was no different, as the team closed out the match with a 25-15 victory. With a variety of attacks and a steady defense, it was a comfortable win at home.
The 2023 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) runners-up, China, recorded a shutout win over Ukraine. China defeated Ukraine 3-0 in straight sets in their first Pool A match in Ningbo, China. They took the first set 25-21, followed by a 25-18 win in the second. They closed out the match with a 25-21 win in the third set. They capitalized on a 9-4 advantage in blocking and a 6-3 advantage in service aces. 스포츠토토
Korea, ranked 36th in the world, will face Italy, ranked fifth in the world, on Sunday. The Italians are expected to struggle despite being without several of their top players. After Italy, Cesarho will face Poland on the 18th, Germany on the 19th, USA on the 20th, Colombia on the 22nd, Thailand on the 23rd, and Slovenia on the 24th. The team needs to finish in the top two at the end of Group C to punch its ticket to Paris 2024.
Meanwhile, the U.S. defeated Colombia on Sept. 16 in straight sets, 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-13). The Americans dominated in all categories, including 44-24 in attacks, 9-2 in blocks, and 6-1 in service aces. Germany defeated Thailand, the winners of the 2023 Asian Championships, by a set score of 3-0 (25-22 25-22 25-20).