Korea’s eight-match losing streak came to an end on Sunday as the Asian side pulled off an impressive four-set win against Serbia at the 2021 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy.

Korea beat Serbia 3-1 (25-13, 23-25, 25-13, 25-23) to claim they second win at the top-flight competition, improving their win-loss record to 2-9 with aggregate 7 points to stay at the 15th place at the 16-team standing.

Captain Kim Yeon Koung scored a match-high 27 points, all from her powerful attacks, while Jeong Jiyun and Park Jeongah kept good company to add 14 and 12 points respectively. Jovana Mirosavljevic led Serbia with 16 points including 8 attacks and 5 stuff blocks.

Serbia’s Jovana Mirosavljevic said at the virtual Mixed Zone: “It was a very close game, but the winner is Korea. They have a great defence and it’s really hard to play with this team, because they can catch every ball and cover the entire court. They are everywhere. We were very strong during the entire match and they had a lot of motivation to end every ball with an attack. It was a great experience to play against them and I hope that tomorrow we will be better.”

Kim Yeon Koung of Korea said: “We were waiting for this victory for a long time, so I’m very happy. We were preparing a lot ahead of this game. After the last games we were focused on improving our counter-attack as it was a missing part. Today after defence we were performing really good counter-attacks and that let us score a few points in a row. We were also serving very aggressively and did a good job in the block.

“I think that I have a room for improvement especially when it’s about communication with players as then we will be able to have even better performance. We have now a great atmosphere in the team, so now we will prepare ahead of tomorrow’s game and we hope to earn another victory.”

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