FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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USA edge Korea in a five setter hard fight

Fails on reception affected Korea's perfomance, according to coach Kim Youngil.

Mexicali, Mexico, July 1 2013 – The United States defeated Korea in a five sets match (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-25, 17-15).

Korean captain Dong-Geun Jeong was the match top scorer with a total of 26 points. However, the blocking game of the American squad and physical battle on the net marked a difference.

Matthew Walsh, Jr. was the scoring leader for USA with 21 points and Connor Lammey closed with 15, while Harriman Colby and Christopher Nugent scored 13 apiece.

Despite the Americans had a 2-1 advantage the team coached by Kim Youngil came back on the fourth and forced a tie breaker. 

Dong-Geun Jeong served for 2 aces and also blocked in twice in successful attempts for Korea that also had Sangjun Park among top scorers with 14 points while Hyeongjin Ham recorded 11.

However Matthew Walsh Jr, who scored 6 of his 21 points on fifth set, also contributed with a solid blocking performance with 6 of team’s 13 successful plays against 8 by Korea.

The U.S. team finished the round of Pools with a 2-2 record and five points in Pool D. Meanwhile, despite this loss, Korea closed with the same record but with 7 points due to the number of sets played and won in previous matches.

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