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Korea bank on home advantage against Czech Republic

Korea coach Park Kiwon motivates his team
Suwon, Korea, June 18, 2014 - Korea will hope to make home advantage pay when they play hosts to the Czech Republic in Suwon on June 21 and 22 in FIVB Volleyball World League intercontinental round pool E.

The Asian team, who are currently bottom of the pool, take on their European opponents on the back of two losses to Portugal last weekend. Korea  have won just one match in six played so far and trail the third-placed Czechs by three points. The Czech Republic, on the other hand, travel to Korean after losing twice to the Netherlands last weekend.

The matches at the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium are also an opportunity for Korea to improve on the losses away to the Czechs earlier in the competition. After losing their two away matches in five close sets, they will feel that a win at home is achievable and will take to the court on Saturday and Sunday in confident mood. Park Kiwon has focused his team's preparations for the matches this weekend on serving and reception.

The Czech Republic are ranked 22nd in the world, one rank lower than Korea. They have gained more experience at a high level recently, however. Their average player height is lower than the Dutch team's, but higher than the Korean team's. Recent successes include taking top spot in pool D of the 2015 European Championships. Most of the players on the Czech national team play for clubs in their domestic league. The average age of the Czech team is 26.6, which is very close to the Korean average of 26.5.


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