South Korea is the first and highly surprising semifinalist of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s volleyball tournament!
Korea beat European vice-champion Turkey 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 28-26, 18-25, 15-13) in the first semifinal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s volleyball tournament even though it trailed 3-6 in the tie-break.
A great result of the Asian side that confirmed the leadership and class of Kim Yeon-Koung, undoubtedly the best-ever Korean female volleyball player. She was a motivational force for her teammates when things didn’t go in the desired way, she argued with referees at moments when she thought her team didn’t have the treatment it deserved, and scored a game-high 28 points. Yang Hyo-Jin added 6 blocks. As a result, Korea reached the Olympic semifinals again after nine years (London 2012) and will have the chance to fight for the medal which it didn’t claim in the Olympics for 45 years. As for Turkey, this can be considered a rather disappointing result. Meryem Boz had 24 points today, while Eda Erdem Dündar set up 5 blocks.
2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s volleyball tournament – quarterfinals:
South Korea – Turkey 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 28-26, 18-25, 15-13)
Dominican Republic – USA 0-3 (11-25, 20-25, 19-25)
Serbia – Italy, 10 a.m. CET
Brazil – ROC, 2:30 p.m. CET