China edge Korea in a five-set battle
London, Great Britain, August 5, 2012 – China edged Korea in five grueling sets (28-26, 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-10) as both teams secured berths in the quarterfinals phase of the Olympic Games women’s volleyball tournament at Earls Court on Sunday.
China finished second in Pool B behind United States with a 3-2 mark and 9 points while Korea collected one valuable point to secure at least a fourth place with their 2-3 win-loss record and 8 points.
Hui Ruoqi led five Chinese players with double digits in the scores with 20 points, followed by Chu Jinling who finished with 14. Yang Junjing and Ma Yunwen each contributed 12 tallies and Zhang Lei added 12.
Korea’s Kim Yeon-Koung registered a match-high 32 points, including three blocks and two aces, and Han Song-Yi added 16. Yang Hyo-Jin and Kim Hee-Jin tallied 14 and 13 respectively with Yang totaling five blocks.
The winners edged the defeated side in blocks (13-12) and service aces (7-6).
Kim Hee-Jin and KIM Yeon-Koung dominated the early point-scoring for Korea, who raced to a 18-8 lead, but they were pegged back as Hui Ruoqi served an ace to make it 20-18. Korea squandered three set points and China capped an incredible comeback to seal it 28-26.