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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Korea beat China 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-23) - duration 1:08
08-Sep, start time: 16:30, end time: 17:38 - Attendance: 5,085
Korea claims last quarterfinal spot
Korea finished the second round of the Women's World Championship with an unexpected 3-0 victory over China. Both Asian teans are qualified for the quarterfinals now.
In front of many enthusiastic supporters from China and Korea, China's head coach Zhonghe Chen began the first set without the top players Zhao Ruirui and Feng Kun causing his team some problems to get into the match (6-8). Towards the middle of the set, the Chinese team seemed to take control of the game (15-13). But after three Chinese blocking faults, the Korean side took the lead again (22-20) and won the set 25-22.
The second set started with long and spectacular rallies between the Asian squads. Following a time-out, Korea was able to equalise (11-11). The Chinese team committed an unusual high amount of faults so that Korea could take the lead (21-17). China continued the game with three serving faults and lost the set 21-25.
In the first phase of the third set, the Korean team put much pressure on the World Championship favorite (10-4). But the Chinese head coach did not react and left his top players on the bench. The Koreans took their chances and won the third set 25-23 after they missed two match points. With this result,
Korea claimed the first place in Pool F and plays against Italy in the quarterfinal. China will face Brazil in the round of the last eight.
Korean Kwang-Hee Choi and Chinese Jing Zhang were both the best scorer of the match with 14 points each.