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Surabaya, Indonesia, July 25, 2017 – Korea demolished Sri Lanka in straight sets 25-15 25-20 25-20 on the second day of the SMM 2017 Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship at the Wahana Ekspresi Poesponegoro Gymnasium on Tuesday.

The straight-set win has earned Korea, which beat Vietnam 3-0 in the previous match, a berth to the quarter-finals despite the fact that an uphill task awaits them on Wednesday when they will go up against title-holders Japan in a match to decide the Pool C winners.

Korea, strengthened by Moon Sungmin, Choi Hongsuk and Park Joohyeong, made use of huge attacks from Moon Sungmin and solid blocks from Park Joohyeong to easily clinch the first set 25-15. Holding a 1-0 advantage, Korea went on their spectacular attacks, while the Sri Lankans upped their tempo and came up with aggression. Still, Korea excelled defensively to take both sets with the similar margin 25-20 25-20 and match.

“We beat Sri Lanka and Vietnam with the similar form as we practised. I think the second set was the most difficult as both sides tried to catch up with another. We next play Japan. It’s a tough task indeed. However, if we want to be the Pool C winners, we have to do our best to beat Japan on Wednesday. Nonetheless, to finish among top four is my initial target in this tournament,” said Kim Hochul, head coach of Korea, whose 12 players had competed in the World League Group 2 this season.


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