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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Korea beat Romania 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22) - duration 1:35
31-Aug, start time: 19:45, end time: 21:20 - Attendance: 3,500
Korea proves strength against Romania
It was not as easy as expected for Korea to win the second match of Pool B. In the last game on Saturday in group B against Romania, the amazing Asians claimed a 3-1 victory.. After a great victory against Cuba the night before, the Asians had to fight harder as expected. The Romanians, who wanted to bounce back after losing the match against The Netherlands, could not use their experience in this match. Now Romania has to worry about moving to the second round.
The Romanian team seemed to lack concentration in the beginning of the match and the Korean team of captain Hye-Mi Kang took the lead (11-4). Even the time out of coach Stan Costinel didn't help. Korea won the first set superiorly with 25-17.
There were a lot of spectacular rallies in the second set. However it was the Olympic eighth that won the set. With incredible fastness they were able to dig balls. Even Romanian attacked that seemed on the ground of the Korean court were defended.
The beginning of the third set was more equal but the Romanians were a little stronger and took the lead with a score of 16-12. The strong attacks were the reason for the success and Romania won this set with 25-22.
The Asian team kept cool and continued to play consequently until they won the fourth and final set with 25-22.
Korea and The Netherlands are the co-leaders now of this preliminary pool. Korea can extend the lead on Sunday when the Asians face Canada.
Romanian Carmen Turela played a fantastic match and scored 27 points. Min-Jung Ku was the leading Korean scorer with 16 points.