FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

MATCH INFO

Korea defeat Algeria in three sets


Korea's Hwang Youn-Joo contributed 14 points towards Korea's victory

Tokyo, Japan, November 16, 2011 – Korea rolled past Algeria 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-15) at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup 2011 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday sealing just their second win of the tournament.

Korea improved its win-loss record to 2-7 while Algeria dropped to 1-8.  

Kim Yeon-Koung picked up the Most Impressive Player award after scoring 16 points – including four service points – for Korea. Hwang Youn-Joo contributed 14 points for Korea and Kim Hee-Jin 11. The only Algerian player to reach double figures was Faiza Tsabet with 15 points. 

Korea outblocked Algeria 5-3 and outserved them 9-2.

Hwang helped get Korea off on the right foot with a couple of decent hits, but the Algerians didn’t help their cause with three early errors. The Koreans were four points ahead at the first technical timeout and seven points ahead three plays after that, at which time Algerian coach Ahmed Boukacem called a timeout. But the Koreans were in their comfort zone and were eight points up by the time the second TTO came around. Tsabet came up with three trademark thumps and a service ace, but Korean star Kim Yeon-Koung delivered two decent kills of her own to keep her team well in front. The Algerians got their final four points on Korean errors, but could get no closer than six points. A thump by Hwang brought up setpoint and a Kim Yeon-Koung kill put Korea 1-0 up. 

Boukacem called his players off court at 1-4 after they had failed to deal with successive serves by Hwang and they responded by drawing level at 7-7 on the back of a good block by Tassadit Aissou and a couple of strong hits from Tsabet. Hwang continued to punish the Algerians with her powerful lefty spikes, but Aicha Mezemate helped keep things close. The Algerians were three points ahead at 16-13, but Hwang, Kim Yeon-Koung and Kim Hee-Jin kept the pressure on the north African team. After a spike by Tsabet pulled the Algerians level at 21-21, Korea called a timeout. A well-placed shot by Hwang and a big blast from Kim Yeon-Koung put Korea in control yet again and a mixup on the Algerian side brought up setpoint. Fatima Zahra then sent a shot long to put Korea two sets ahead.

Boukacem only waited three points before hauling his players off court in the third set. The introduction of Lydia Oulmou helped his team and she delivered two big shots to pull the Algerians to within a point at 5-4. But a netted serve by Oulmou, a setting error and a huge ace by Kim Yeon-Koung put four points between the two teams at the first TTO. Kim Hee-Jin did well in the second phase and the Koreans were seven points ahead at the second TTO. As the match headed towards its inevitable conclusion, Kim Hee-Jin and Kim Yeon-Koung came up with two massive serves and the Koreans moved 10 points ahead at 23-13. Jang Young-Eun, who only turned 18 last month, drove the ball down the left line for matchpoint and a spike by Hwang finished things off as the Asian side claimed victory over their African counterparts.

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