Korea beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-17) - duration 1:02
06-Sep, start time: 18:30, end time: 19:32 - Attendance: 4,000 Korea cruise over the Caribbean underdogs
Korea defeated Puerto Rico in three sets in the second match of second round Pool F in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart.Despite of a clear difference between the teams, the audience of 4,000 spectators accompanied the match with great enthusiasm. Both teams started the first set with quick and offensive play. Korea was immediately with 8-4 in front. The Asian team extended the lead which forced the Puerto Rican coach David Alemán to take a first time-out at (5-11). But this did not have any effect. His team could not cope with the variable attacking combinations of Korea (8-19). This situation did not change until the end of the first set, won by Korea with 25-14. The beginning of the second set was a copy of the first one. Korea quickly took an 8-4 lead. Then Puerto Rico made many individual faults and was left far behind by the Korean team (6-16). The relatively inexperienced team of Puerto Rico could not keep up with the opponents. The time-outs and the substitutions of David Alemán did not help to interrupt the playing rhythm of the first round winner at Schwerin. Korea took the second set with 25-12. In the beginning of the third set, the Korean team experienced a weak period. Puerto Rico took advantage and could realise a 4-3 lead, fanatically celebrated by the spectators. But shortly afterwards, the Asian team came back into the set and took a lead again (12-9). Korea continued its superior game and won the match after a spectacular rally by 25-17. Korea and China are now the leaders in Pool F. Puerto Rico will get another chance agains an Asian team, when the Central Americians are teamed up with China on Saturday. So-Yun Chang was with 15 points the best scorer, while Min-Jung Ku made 14 points.