Overview

Team profile

Korea

For a decade beginning in the late 1960s, Korea were a force to be reckoned with in any tournament. They lost in the semifinal at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games, eventually being placed fourth, and took the bronze medal at Montreal 1976. At the London 2012 Olympic Games, they entered the final four but lost the bronze medal to Asian rivals Japan. They won bronze medals at the 1967 and 1974 World Championships, and were third in the 1973 and 1977 World Cups. Recently they have faded but remain one of the powerhouses of Asian volleyball, winning their second Asian Games title in 2014 on home soil in Incheon. 

Korea took a break from the World Grand Prix last year, and in the 2014 competition, they finished eighth in Group 1 with impressive wins over Thailand, Russia, Germany and Serbia. More recently they won the silver medal at the 2015 Asian Championships in Tianjin, China. Korea have appeared at every edition of the World Cup but have recently failed to get close to a medal. They won a bronze medal in the first two World Cups in 1973 and 1977 but since then have a best finish of fourth in 1999, when they lost two more games than bronze medallists Brazil. In 2011 they registered victories over the three teams that would eventually finish below them, Argentina, Algeria and Kenya, to finish in ninth-place. In 2015 they finished in sixth place behind Asian neighbours Japan.

Coach

Lee Jungchul

Lee Jungchul

Lee Jung-Chul became Korea’s women’s volleyball coach again this year after previously leading the team from 2007 to 2008. He started quickly, helping Korea win silver at the 2015 Asian Championships. Lee first took a coaching role with Korea in 1998, when he was an assistant coach. He held that role again in 2005. The man from Bucheon has coached Korean women’s club side IBK Altos since 2010, leading them to the 2012/13 and 2014/15 V League titles. He coached several other clubs from 1992 to 2003. Lee started sporting a red tie at matches after a successful 2014/15 season in which he wore one. He derives a nickname from a poisonous snake due to his difficult training sessions.

  • Team Manager Oh Seungjae
  • Assistant coach Lim Sunghan
  • Second Assistant Coach Kim Daekyoung
  • Doctor Shin Hyuntaeg
  • Physiotherapist Chang Junhyuk

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Italy
7 6 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 17 18 7 2.571 586 517 1.133
2
Netherlands
7 5 2 4 1 0 1 0 1 16 17 7 2.428 571 465 1.227
3
Japan
7 5 2 3 0 2 1 1 0 14 18 10 1.800 644 571 1.127
4
Korea
7 4 3 2 2 0 1 1 1 13 15 11 1.363 597 577 1.034
5
Thailand
7 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 12 15 12 1.250 597 592 1.008
6
Dominican Republic
7 2 5 1 1 0 0 1 4 6 7 16 0.437 517 542 0.953
7
Peru
7 2 5 1 1 0 0 1 4 6 7 16 0.437 462 549 0.841
8
Kazakhstan
7 0 7 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 3 21 0.142 426 587 0.725

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