KOREA TO FIGHT FOR 5TH PLACE AFTER COMEBACK 3-1 WIN AGAINST KAZAKHSTAN
Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 16, 2018 – Korea brushed off Kazakhstan with fantastic comeback 3-1 (24-26 25-19 25-13 25-15) victory on Saturday to vie for the fifth place at the 19th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium.
Jeong Jiyun chipped in with 14 attack points for Korea, assisted by Lee Juan and Jung Hoyoung with 11 and 10 points respectively. Tatyana Nikitina was the only Kazakh player who scored a digit with 14 points.
With Kazakhstan cruising comfortably through the first set, it was left-hander Olessya Varkentin, whose improving efforts in the team’s offence initially moved the team up and they had a six-point clear 7-1 in the set. Clearly annoyed by the rivals’ pole position, Jeong Jiyun and Choi Minji were on fire, overpowering the taller rivals with solid blocking and beautiful back row attacks to put Korea with just two point behind at 14-16. Korea’s offensive mobility of Jeong’s well-placed servings mixed by exceptional attacks from Jeong and Park Hyemin handed the Koreans a strong comeback to trail by one point at 16-17 and with coach Cho Wanki calling timeout for his dismally-starting side, the Koreans keep superb scoring run their way. Levelling 22-22, both sides were locked in a hard-fought duel. They met again at 24-24 before Mariya Trukhina was on her accurate serving and Tatyana Nikitina nailed a crucial spike for the Kazakhstan’s 26-24 win.
Park’s great serving and good blocking from Lee Juah and Lee Yunju handed Korea a 8-3 advantage in the second set and they held on to lead the rivals with six-point clear 16-10 at the second technical timeout. As Korea dropped their rhythm, Kazakhstan rolled on their wonderful blocking and powerful attacks to level the score 17-17. However, their good show did not last long as Korea bounced back with terrific blows and stellar serving to gain a stranglehold over the set, 25-19.
The third set turned out to be a lopsided affair as Korea obviously dominated the whole game. With Jeong’s..extreme power, assisted by Choi’s attacks and team’s splendid defence, Korea held a 22-13 advantage and after mistakes after mistakes of the rivals, the Koreans were in full force for an exceptional 25-13 win.
The Koreans remained strong defensively in the fourth set, with Jeong and Jung Hoyoung collecting crucial points through successful attacks to put Korea in a 18-13 lead. After unleashing a wave of powerful attacks, Korea sealed the victory 25-15.
“At first, I analysed the team’s performance and checked what we have to do. It worked out pretty well and I thanked all my players. I can’t say it now which team we will play next between Vietnam and Iran. However, Vietnam look a bit stronger and we are likely to play them. However, since we have yet known that, we can’t say anything,” Korea coach Cho Wanki commented.
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