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Crucial clash in Suwon between Korea and France

Korea celebrate their historic and impressive win over Cuba in week one
Suwon, Korea, June 1, 2011 – After recording an historic win over Cuba in week one, Korea have France in their sights when the two teams meet in the first of two matches in Suwon on Saturday in a crucial Pool D match.

Korea’s victory over Cuba was their first in 27 years and has given the world No. 23 renewed hope after failing to win a game in the 2010 edition.

With the Korea coach Park Ki-Won’s skills of fast volleyball, Korea quietly hope to be able to emulate the young Cuban side who reached last year’s World League finals and finished second at the World Championships.

The Tricolor, ranked 12 in the world, has not lost to Korea in four World League matches however the men of Philippe Blain will be hoping to revive themselves after losing two matches to Italy at home last weekend, which Blain says gave cause for encouragement despite two 3-0 score lines.

"In the second game, we found a combative team, there was a marked improvement. If we had lost badly for a second time, it would be difficult to get the guys up for these matches against Korea. We are at the beginning of the project, it helps to understand just all the way to go." The dual rendezvous against the South Koreans is an opportunity to grasp according to Blain: "The fact that Cuba has lost a match, it would be more than interesting to take six points. In addition, the group would gain good momentum. "

In one key selection for France, Blain has picked libero Jenia Grebennikov, who made an impressive debut against Italy in week one, ahead of the more-experienced Jean-Francois Exiga. "Compared to the Korean style of play where it will go in all directions, you will need to a player who is very defensive because our defence will be tested, hence the selection of Jenia ahead of Jean-Francois on this occasion."

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