JEONG STEERS KOREA TO 3-0 ROUT OF VIETNAM FOR 5TH PLACE AT ASIAN WOMEN’S U19 CHAMPIONSHIP
Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 17, 2018 – Korea pulled off a sensational straight-set 25-17 25-16 25-23 victory to clinch the fifth place, the similar position they achieved at the previous edition two years ago in Thailand, at the 19th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium here on Sunday.
Jeong Jiyun scored a match-high 17 points including 15 attacks from 28 attempts, while Jung Hoyoung contributed 16 points. Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen led Vietnam with 9 points.
Both teams were seemingly going through the motion in the first set, but it was the Koreans who led from the start. Consecutive points highlighted by the high-flying Jeong Jiyun’s exceptional attacks and impeccable blocking from Jung Hoyoung and Kwon Minji put Korea in a 4-1 lead and they pulled away with a three-point clear at 8-5 at the first technical timeout. Vietnam were playing with scoring machine Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen, who sustained a right shoulder injury, sidelined and Vietnam coach Pham Minh Dung shuffled his line-up to improve the team’s worse situation. However, the Korea’s some fierce defence, accurate serving and powerful attacks proved too much for Vietnam as the host girls trailed by six points 13-19. Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen was sent in for a help, but Vietnam’s intention was in vain as mistakes after mistakes caused them dear. Korea took the first set 25-17.
Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen was in the starting lineup from the beginning of the second set and Vietnam took an early 4-1 lead. From then on, the well-organised Koreans roared back with Jeong overcoming the blockers with aggressive spikes and the 189cm Jung, using her height advantage to block effectively. Korea captured the lead for good and went on to win the second set 25-16.
Boosted by home supporters, Vietnam fought hard and their comeback effort was almost a dream come true in the third set. Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen uncorked a barrage of powerful spikes to put Vietnam in the lead with a two-point clear at 21-19, but the Koreans clawed their way back for parity at 22-22 and went on to capture the set 25-23, match and the fifth place.
“I’m happy with the target of winning this match we have achieved and I would like to thank all my players who are part of the victory. However, our initial target in this championship is a place in the semi-finals. Vietnam in the past two years did a very good job to beat us in the quarter-finals, but here they looked very tired. Still, I think they played well. For Korea, I think we played our best game today,” Korea head coach Cho Wanki commented.
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