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FIVB Men's World Cup 2007
 
Match Description
 
Spain overcomes South Korea 3-0
 

Double Spanish block against Korea
Tokyo, Japan, December 1, 2007 -- Spain picked up their sixth win of the World Cup with a hard-fought 25-22, 25-17, 28-26 victory over South KOrea at Komazawa University Gymnasium on Saturday.
After only dropping one set in their last three matches, Spain were favorites to dominate South Korea, who had only managed to beat Tunisia in their first nine games. But the South Koreans fought hard against a talented Spanish team.
Moon Sung Min showed tremendous power on his spikes and serves, scoring 13 of his teams 65 points.
For Spain, Israel Rodriguez was in dominating form and finished with 19 points, two more than Guillermo Falasca.
Spain will face Tunisia in their final match, while South Korea will meet Puerto Rico.
South Korea burst into an early lead with a great block by Kwang Woo You on Manuel Sevillano, giving them a 5-2 lead. But they couldn't hold on to it as two mistakes and a service reception error by the Koreans brought the scores level at 7-7. Good work by Moon on offense took the Koreans into a two-point lead at 10-8 but brilliant defensive work by the Spaniards leveled the scores at 10. The Koreans edged in front again, but a spike by Falasca gave Spain a 16-15 lead at the second technical timeout. Another good hit by Falasca stretched that lead to three points at 20-17, but the Koreans fought back and a brilliant block by Lee Sun Kyu on Jose Luis Molto tied the scores again at 21-21. A big block by Rodriguez on Moon brought setpoint and after a netted serve by Spain, Song Byung Il then planted his serve into the net to hand the set to the Spaniards.
The Spaniards jumped out to an early four-point lead at the start of the second set, although the South Koreans showed their fighting spirit in the form of libero Shin Young So, who came up with an astonishing dig that helped his team draw level at 2-2. Shin Young Soo also showed great spiking power, while Moon came up with a glorious service ace from the heavens that the Spaniards didn't even see. But the Spaniards were playing steadily and had plenty of firepower in Rodriguez and Falasca. After more great defense by the Koreans tied the score at 8-8, Javier Subiela put Spain into a lead that they wouldn't relinquish. The Koreans would get within a point at 13-12, but from there, the Spanish team would pull slowly away. Subiela came up with two unreturnable serves to make the score 23-16 and Falasca brought setpoint with a trademark spike. The same player then put the Spaniards 2-0 up with a ripping service ace.
The Spaniards seemed to take their foot off the accelerator at the start of the third set, although Falasca did come up with two big bombs. But the Koreans were fighting hard, especially 199-cm Park Jun Bum. Kim Hak Min came up with a sizzling service ace and South Korea came up with an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout. Moon then blasted down two more ferocious spikes, while Kim made a brilliant block on Falasca that put South Korea five points ahead at 13-8. Falasca and Rodriguez delivered mighty hits as Spain tried to stay in the set, but the Koreans were on fire and moved into an 18-11 lead, forcing Spanish coach Marcelo Mendez into another timeout. It worked, as the Spaniards quickly pulled level at 18-18. But the Koreans kept plugging away. Kim Hak Min hit two massive blasts, while Rodriguez was just bombing the Korean defense and a gigantic blow from the fiery Spaniard brought matchpoint at 24-23. But the Koreans weren't ready to cave in and saved three straight matchpoints before convincing spikes by Rodriguez and Falasca ended their resistance.