2004 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX

 


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2005 edition
 

 KOR/Korea  

Following a sixth place finish at the 2002 World Championship in Germany the Korean national women's volleyball team underwent a massive shake up in their ranks with a concentration on youth for 2003 and the benefits were seen immediately with an impressive performance at the World Grand Prix.

Their sixth place finish was encouraging, despite failing to win a match in the Final Round. It was in Pool play where they showed some exciting potential, topping Pool B with four wins from five, including defeats over Russia and Brazil, with their only loss against eventual winners China.

The Asian Continental Championship continued more of that exciting form when they finished third to claim a World Cup qualifying spot with China due to World Cup hosts Japan finishing second.

Speed and fighting spirit are the traditionally qualities of Korea and although their much taller opponents take a psychological advantage into each match due to Korea's lack of height (their tallest player being Kim Hyang-Suk at 190cm) it's the spirited defense and determination which sees Korea compete at the highest level.

Korea, currently ranked eighth in the world, has scaled the heights of a bronze medal at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 but more recently their results have tended to wane, especially at the 2003 World Cup where they finished ninth.

Coach Kim Cheol-Yong and playmakers such as Kim Sa-Nee and Choi Kwang-Hee (the best scorer at the Asian Continental Championship) will be looked upon to lead Korea through the initial stages of the 2004 World Grand Prix.

Setter Sa-Nee has been inspirational in the past providing quality sets while Kwang-Hee is Korea's most potent weapon on attack. Life will be tough for Korea but they have the history and pedigree to be a force in the World Grand Prix once again.
 

Overall Standings for Korea
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
10 102 41 61 40.20