Surabaya, Indonesia, July 27, 2017 – Korea’s high-powered attacks shattered Indonesia’s sweet dreams of recording another significant win as talented Moon Sungmin silenced the boisterous home fans with his exceptional spikes for the unbeaten team’s 25-21 20-25 25-14 25-16 victory in their first top-eight playoff encounter of the SMM 19th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship at the Tri Dharma Petrokimia Gymnasium on Thursday.
With the win, Korea, former four-time Asian winners and sixth at the FIVB World League Group 2 this season, continued their remarkable unbeaten run in the top-tier, nine-day competition.
Moon Sungmin, who stands 198cm tall and weighs 90kg, punctured the Indonesian defence into shreds to score a match-high 20 points for Korea including 18 kills from 34 attempts. Jung Jiseok contributed 14 kills and Jin Sangheon added 3 points through his solid blocks. Shin Yungsuk and Park Joohyeong produced 2 points apiece from well-placed serves.
Rivan Nurmulki led Indonesia with 18 points from 16 kills and one each in blocking and serving. Scoring machine Rendy Fabricant Tamamilang, who emerged as the hosts’ top scorer in the past three matches, scored 13 attack hits, one block and one serve.
Indonesia on Wednesday got the thumbs up when the hosts overpowered Qatar, fourth place at the previous edition in Tehran, Iran two years ago, in five sets and relegated the tough opponents to the 9th-16th classification round.
“Indonesia played very well in the first two sets and we have to read their strategic plan carefully. Although playing before the Indonesia’s cheering home crowds, I don’t think my team will be frustrated with any pressure and anxiety. Actually, we turned the tide as the Indonesian fans became silenced instead. On Saturday, we will play the second playoff match against Kazakhstan. As they are a very tall team, we have to play a little bit faster to break their attacks,” Korea’s head coach Kim Hochul commented after the match.
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