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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Japan beat Korea 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-18) - duration 1:23
25-Jun, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:23 - Attendance: 12'000
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi
Japan power past old rivals Korea
Tokyo, Japan, June 25, 2005: Another dynamic display from Japan swept them to a 3-0 victory (26-24, 25-14, 25-18) over Korea on Saturday night.
The Koreans, as usual, battled hard, but could not handle the relentless pressure of Japan's bold and enterprising attack.
Athens Olympian Sachiko Sugiyama was the top scorer with 14 points, including 12 kills, but it was a powerful and energetic team display from Japan.
The match began at a furious pace, and the early exchanges included some incredible rallies to thrill the 12,000 fans.
Korea's captain, Choi Kwang-Hee, set a fine example to her team-mates, although she had difficulty making herself heard in the deafening atmosphere.
Han Yoo-Mi also impressed, attacking from the left and causing problems for Japan.
But the home team, roared on by a vociferous crowd, reached the second technical time-out with a slender lead at 16-15.
Makiko Horai and Sugiyama produced some timely points down the stretch, as Japan took a first-set thriller 26-24.
In the second set, Kaoru Sugayama excelled in defence and attack, and Ai Otomo came up with some big winners to keep Japan in front.
Leading 16-10 at the second technical time-out, Japan claimed the second set 25-14 with Miyuki Takahashi in dominant form on the left.
Han, on Korea's left, kept the points ticking over in the third set, but Japan pulled away and held too many aces.
Sugiyama, serving at 24-18, hit deep, and Korea's libero Koo Ki-Lan could not retrieve it, handing victory to the home team.