KOREA DEMOLISH INDIA TO REACH SEMI-FINALS AT ASIAN WOMEN’S U17 CHAMPIONSHIP
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 24, 2018 – In-form Korea overwhelmed India with their power and speed at the net to thrash the opponents in straight sets 25-15 25-18 25-14 to enter the semi-finals of the 12th Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Municipality Gymnasium on Thursday aside from securing a berth to compete in the next year’s FIVB Women’s U18 World Championship in Mexico.
Kim Jeonga charted 15 points including 11 kills from 22 attempts for Korea, while Seo Chaewon assisted 12 points. Singh Anustha led India with 6 points.
Korea came up with aggression, with Park Suyeon and Kim Jeonga penetrating the Indian defence with mighty attacks to help the team take an initial 14-5 lead and widened the gap to 22-12. India could not cope with the Korea’s incredible speed and fast game which saw them go down 15-25 in the comfortable set.
The second set was still dominated by the Koreans. Their solid defence and exceptional attacks proved too tough to handle for India. Radha Anagha and Ghoshi Disha produced sharp spikes, but their attempts were in vain as the Koreans performed an impeccable defence, allowing the Indians difficulties to score. Korea clinched the thrilling set 25-18.
The third set was much easier for the Koreans. They gained the upper hand to lead 8-2 and advanced 19-8. From then, the Koreans did not look back, making the short work of the opponents by winning the set 25-14 and match.
“I think all of my players performed very well and their service is the key point for the success. Our setter Han Mireu also played a vital role in steering the team to victory. Since we are preparing the game against China, we changed many players in this match against India because we want to make sure we are sending the right person. We will do the same in the next match against China. I think the Chinese are much stronger than us, but since we had already beaten them in the pool plays, this will help boost our confidence. I believe we can make it again,” Korea head coach Seo Dongsun commented after the match.
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