F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 07.09.2003

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S. Korea overpower Bahrain at Asian Men's Volleyball Championship

TIANJIN, Sept. 7, 2003 - Defending champions South Korea overpowered Bahrain 3-0 (25-12, 25-16 and 25-16) in 55 minutes for their second win in a row in the preliminary Group B at the Asian Men's Volleyball Championship here on Sunday.

The South Koreans, who surprisingly lost to India 3-2 in Friday's opener, were too strong for the much smaller Bahrain side. Kang Dong-jin had 10 kills to lead South Korea with 13 points. Shin Sun-ho added nine kills. Bahrain only converted on 12 of their 61 attack attempts, compared with 50 of 75 by South Korea.

"Our players are very young, it's a good opportunity for us to play against South Korea and to learn from them," said Bahrain's Chinese head coach Zhang Wuping. "South Korea played very fast. We did not do well in blocking and receiving."

India face Thailand in the last Group B match later on Sunday and the top two finishers from the group will proceed into the quarter-final round.


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