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Korea overcome Peru in four

Great combination between Dae-Young Jung and captain and setter Sa-Nee Kim as Korea clinched their third win of the second round
Tokyo, Japan, November 7, 2010 – World No.21 Korea bounced back from their heart-breaking five-set defeat by Poland on Saturday to earn a hard-fought 3-1 (24-26, 25-15, 25-18, 25-23) victory over a feisty Peru in the opening match of day two of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship second round in Tokyo on Sunday.

The victory moves Korea to a 3-2 second-round record while World No.17 Peru fall to 0-5. The tournament’s second-best scorer, Yeon-Koung Kim, was Korea’s top scorer with 21 points while captain Leyla Chihuan led Peru’s brave effort with 16.

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With a 10:30am start, both teams seemed sleepy in the opening phase. Ten of the first 15 points were decided on errors and after a disastrous mix-up put his team four points behind at 13-9, Korean coach Sam-Ryong Park hauled his players off for a wake-up call. It seemed to have some effect as Peruvian setter Elena Keldibekova planted her next serve in the net and Kim Y.K. placed a soft shot down the middle that the Peruvians couldn't return. But Peru did enough to earn a three-point lead at the second technical timeout. However, three points later Korea were level after two Peruvian errors and a spike by Dae-Young Jung into the face of Zoila La Rosa. A spike by Patricia Soto and two good Peruvian blocks put Peru three points to the good again, but Kim Y.K.'s first two big spikes of the day and a brilliant block by Jung on Jessenia Uceda brought Korea level again. Korea earned set-point on an error at the net by Chihuan, but a thumping line-drive from Karla Ortiz saved Peru. Ortiz then brought up a set-point for Peru with a spike, and after a terrible mix-up between Sa-Nee Kim and Hyo-Jin Yang Peru established a 1-0 lead.

Yang, Kim Y.K. and Youn-Joo Hwang spiked Korea to an early lead in the second set, but Chihuan, Ortiz and Soto kept things close. Successive errors by Peru gave Korea a three-point advantage at the first TTO and an error at the net on the next point persuaded Peru's Korean coach, Cheol Yong Kim, to call a timeout. Both teams were playing better Volleyball, but with Kim Y.K. and Hwang finding their spiking range, Korea had the advantage. They were six points clear at the second TTO and, with their reception and defence also improving, were able to cruise the rest of the way. A huge block by Jung on Chihuan put the Koreans 10 points clear at 23-13 and a snap shot by Song-Yi Han brought up set-point. Two excellent blocks on Han delayed the end, but a smack down the middle by Hwang brought the teams level at one set each.

The Koreans seemed to go back to sleep at the start of the third set, and at 5-1 down Park had to wake them up again with a timeout. But Soto and Uceda were starting to spike big and Korea needed better defence to stay in the game. After leading by seven points at 13-6, Peru let their standards slip slightly and Korea started to get back into the game. Two errors reduced Peru's lead to 14-10 and coach Kim called his players off-court, but the Koreans were in the ascendancy and soon they rediscovered how to block. Two reception errors and a great block by Jung on Uceda allowed Korea to take a one-point lead at the second TTO. Kim Y.K. then stepped up to the plate with two decent spikes and a super block on Soto, while a terrific block by Yang on Uceda gave Korea a four-point lead at 21-17. Yang's big block on Ortiz brought up set-point, and yet another awesome block – this time by Kim S.N. on Ortiz – put Korea 2-1 up.

Kim Y.K. came up with two good spikes, a neat block on Soto and a service ace as the Koreans moved from 2-1 down to 8-4 ahead at the start of the fourth set, but two short sets by Keldibekova to Yulissa Zamudio Ore brought Peru back into the game. Great spiking by Chihuan, Soto and Carla Rueda brought Peru to within a point, and Soto then delivered a huge bomb to bring the two sides level at 11-11. The Peruvians drew level again at 14-14 when Kim Y.K. pushed a shot long, and after a service ace by Ortiz and another wayward shot from Kim Y.K., Peru had a two-point lead at 16-14. On the next point, Peru libero Vanessa Palacios made what could be the recovery shot of the tournament as she dived to the back of the court to propel the ball forward to Rueda, who then made a stinging spike through the Korean defence. But Korea clawed their way back into the set and led by two before Rueda came up with another massive spike and a big, big block on Hwang to make the score 19-19. After the two teams traded more big spikes, Korea brought up match-point on two Peruvian errors. Chihuan saved one, but Kim Y.K. forced a spike through the Peruvian block to seal the win.

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