Manila, Philippines, August 9, 2017 – The absence of ace spiker Kim Yeon-koung, who sat out the entire match, did not hamper Korea’s chances of opening their SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship campaign on a high note as they demolished New Zealand 25-21, 25-14, 25-12.
Park Jeongah led the offensive assault of Korea Wednesday at the Alonte Sports Complex after tallying 16 markers while Hwang Minkyoung and Han Sooji provided ample support with 12 and 9 points respectively.
According to Korean head coach Hong Sungjin, the decision to sit out Kim Yeon-koung has more to do with recognizing the star’s exhaustion from the recently concluded 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix—where they finished second in Group 2 – and less of simply underestimating the opponent.
“We just came from the Grand Prix. She (Kim) is too tired today that’s why she didn’t play,” Hong said in the interview.
Asked if Kim will see action by then, the mentor closed by saying: “Not yet. We still have a lot of games ahead. Maybe she will play against Vietnam.”
Next on Korea’s plate is a battle against Sri Lanka happening Thursday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, 3pm local time.
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