South Korea was the dominant team at the AVC Women’s Olympic Qualifier as the nation only dropped a single set during the tournament. Overall, seven teams competed in two groups where the top two nations advanced to the semi-finals. Only the winner of the tournament qualified to the Olympics. The AVC Women’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand from January 7th to January 12th 2020.
Pool A was won by 2019 Asian Championship silver medalist Thailand who defeated Chinese Taipei and Australia in straight sets. Also advancing to the semi-finals was Chinese Taipei who also scored a straight sets victory over Australia.
Pool B saw Kazakhstan and South Korea score two straight set victories against Indonesia and Iran to qualify to the semi-finals and to set up a deciding match between the two nations. South Korea would win this pool without dropping a set as they defeated Kazakhstan 3-0. Third place was won by Indonesia who while went up 2-0 against Iran during their final match needed all five sets to win the match 3-2.
The semi-finals saw victories by both group winners to advance to the finals as South Korea and Thailand defeated Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan respectively 3-1. The final was won by South Korea as they defeated the host nation 3-0 to book their spot to the Olympics.
South Korea is one of the most consistent nation to appear in women’s indoor volleyball. Currently, only Japan has more appearances. Despite this being their 12th appearance, South Korea has only won a medal once, during the 1976 Olympics.
Women’s Indoor Tournament
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