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France tops Pool B with win over Korea

Anthonin Rouzier, best scorer tonight with 18 points.

Montpellier, France, June 26, 2009 - France and Korea came into their World League match on Friday even on points with 2-2 records, but France played superior volleyball on the night to win 25-18, 25-19, 16-25, 25-21 and top the table.

Korea was leading at the first TTO 8-7 but behind Philippe Blain' boys players took a decisive advantage, 4 points in a row to lead 11-8 and later 14-10. French was efficient to Block Korean attacks in this first set. The Blus was more aggressive in this fifth match of The FIVB World League 2009. The spiker Antonin Rouzier, with one ace and five more points on was the leader of the French squad. France concluded easily 25-18.

Kim Ho-chul players came back in the second set with more possibilities in their game to limit French domination. Both teams were side by side all the set along until 16-16 when France took a huge advantage in the last points of the set. 18-17 and 21-18, French added a second set in this match, 25-19.

Korea did a better start in the third set with a three points advantage (4-1) and later 4 points (7-3). But France resisted to stay close the Asian team. Korea was leading 11-8 and 13-11 when Pierre Pujol put the ball directly in the opponent camp. Only one point separated both teams (13-12) but Korean was not afraid and increased the advantage with decisive blocks on Loïc Geiler and Antonin Rouzier. Korea came back in the match in 22', 25-16.

France took immediately the leadership in the fourth set with 7-4 but Korea survived coming back to 9-8. Marien Moreau teammates increased their advantage to 11-8 and Romain Vadeleux, with a perfect block, gave a five points margin (14-9). To attack the money-time, France kept 5 points (20-15). With a defensive spirit, France unforced Korea to miss occasion to come-back. Shin Yung-suk missed his service and France added the lass point to finish the fourth decisive set 25-21.


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