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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Poland beat Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-18) - duration 1:21
26-Jun, start time: 14:35, end time: 15:56 - Attendance: 5'200
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi
Poland finish weekend with a win over Korea
Tokyo, Japan, June 26, 2005 -- Poland collected their first win of the 2005 FIVB World Grand Prix by beating Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-18) in Tokyo on Sunday.
In front of an appreciative crowd of 5,200, the Poles had too much height and power for the Koreans.
Katarzyna Skowronska turned in an impressive individual display.
The 21-year-old, who has a dragon tattoo on her right shoulder, breathed fire all afternoon, with a game-high 17 points.
Both teams were looking for their first win of the weekend, and for their first set, after successive 3-0 defeats on Friday and Saturday.
Poland struck first, taking the first set 25-21 after leading at both technical time-outs, 8-5 and 16-12.
The Korean defence found it difficult to track the runs from deep of Skowronska, who produced a series of athletic spikes from the top of her graceful leaps.
Some of her points had the crowd gasping in awe and admiration.
Although the Koreans stayed in touch throughout, Poland had too much experience.
Milena Rosner, on the left, gave the Poles four set points at 24-20, and Maria Liktoras finished the job shortly after.
The Korean play became ragged in the second set, forcing coach Kim Hyung-Sil to call a time-out at 3-6. One point later he substituted his captain, Choi Kwang-Hee.
A service ace down the left sideline from Agata Mroz took Poland to the second technical time-out in control at 16-8.
Poland had six set points at 24-18, but coach Andrzej Niemczyk called a time-out after his team wasted the first two of them.
The Poles' nerves were only settled when Ji Jung-Hee served into the net, handing Poland the second set 25-21.
In the third set, the left-handed serves of Hwang Youn-Joo unsettled the Polish defence, and enabled Korea to lead 10-8.
Inevitably it was Skowronska who took Poland to match point with another beautiful winner down the middle, and Liktoras, on the right, ended the contest.