Germany took a giant step towards qualifying for the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round with a come- from-behind 3-1 ( 25-27, 25-20, 25-22, 25-11) victory over Korea on Friday.
The first set saw Korea take the initiative based on strong defense before eventually winning 27-25, thanks to some excellent digging from left wing attacker Yeon-Koung Kim and libero Hae-Ran Kim.
By the middle of the second set, the two teams were neck-and-neck. Especially, Yeon-Koung Kim, who showed fantastic skill and competence by completing back attacks and strong serves. Having been on the receiving end of this play, Germany changed tactics and concentrated their attack against Kim, which proved too much for Korea.
To make matters worse, Korea lost their pace in the third set after Yoo-Na Bae was injured. In the fourth set, Germany led 13-1 against helpless Korea before wrapping up the set and the match 25-11.