Osaka, Japan, October 31, 2010 - Korea upset powerhouse China in straight sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) to move to 3-0 on the third day of first-round action in Pool D at the FIVB Women's World Championship at Osaka City Municipal Gymnasium on Sunday night.
China, ranked third in the world, came into the match off a straight-sets win over Canada on Friday. Korea, ranked 21st, had not dropped a set in posting wins over Canada and the Dominican Republic.
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Yeon-Koung Kim was the star again for Korea, dominating with her versatility and power game and scoring 24 points in the match. Youn-Joo Hwang backed her up with 16 points. Wang Yimei, with 15, was the top scorer for China who slipped to 1-2 following this defeat.
It was Yeon-Koung Kim who smashed Korea to a first-set triumph with several soaring spikes, finisheing the set with 10 points, all on attack.
She was again prominent in the second set, at one point alternating spikes and blocks to give Korea four straight points and a 21-17 advantage. Yu Juemin's side made a late push, but Korea took the set 25-23.
China led for the majority of the third set, but the Koreans pulled level at 17-17 and took the lead on another Yeon-Koung Kim spike. China drew level again, but Korea took the next two points to make it 20-18. They then moved to within two points of victory, only to see China come back again to tie things up at 23-23 but it was already too late as the Koreans pulled through to a surprise win over more favoured opposition.