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DPR Korea overwhelm Japan as Korea prove superiority at Asian Games

Japan's Nomoto Rika (left), Nishiyama Yuki (middle) and Izuoka Miku block DPR Korea's top scorer Jong Jin Sim, who helped her team upset Japan in straight sets
Guangzhou, China, November 19, 2010 - DPR Korea pulled off an upset straight sets win over Japan while gritty Korea and Kazakhstan made it two wins in a row as the women's Volleyball tournament at the 16th Asian Games continued into its second day on Friday in Guangzhou, China.

Additionally, Thailand brushed aside Mongolia 3-0 (25-6, 25-9, 25-22) in Pool A and Korea whitewashed Tajikistan 25-4, 25-7, 25-3.

In Pool B, DPR Korea beat Japan 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-13), Kazakhstan outclassed Chinese Taipei 3-1 (25-19, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19) and India defeated Maldives in straight sets 25-6, 25-7, 25-6).

Pool A
Korea, fresh from beating Thailand 3-0 the previous day, continued their formidable form, overwhelming Tajikistan without much effort in 48 minutes.

Korea proved too strong for Tajikistan to react and their spikes were always neutralized by the much taller Koreans. Kim Yeon Koung, Korea’s top spiker, was inconspicuous for most of the match, watching her teammates hammer their rivals from the bench.

Korea coach Park Sam Ryong said he fielded many substitutes to play this game mainly because “I want to save our players’ energy to prepare meet China.

“We need better blocking against China and we are quite confident in tomorrow’s match,” he added.

Thailand, who lost their first game to Korea on Thursday, enjoyed their first win at the eight-day’ women’s Volleyball tournament, easily overcoming Mongolia 25-6, 25-9, 25-22 in 75 minutes ,

After storming to the first two set with large margins, Thailand’s coach changed some key players in the third set. Due to the irinexperience the replacements made a few mistakes in passing and serving. Mongolia took the opportunity to stage a counterattack, dominating the set with sharp attacks while Thailand struggled in defense, committing many attacking errors, allowing Mongolia to lead 21-17. However, after a timeout, Thailand improved their attacking and digging and struck, with Phanusit Em-Om and Hyapha Amporn leading the Thai charge until Sutadta Chuewulim closed the set.

“We are not professional players, all of them are student,” Mongolia’s Korean coach Jung Yong Ka said. “It is our first time to take part in an international event and we hope to enter 7th or 8th. Volleyball is quite popular among Mongolians. It is our second favourite sport.”

Pool B
India moved on from their straight-set loss to DPR Korea and on Friday as they annihilated Asian Games debutants the Maldives in a one-sided battle in 48 minutes for their first win in the tournament. The Maldives tried to organize their attacking and coordinate their defense but their efforts were not enough against the taller India.

“Though suffering our second defeat, we played better than yesterday,” Maldives coach Fathulla Waheed said. “But our receiving is not good. There are many strong teams in the Asian Games and it gives a good chance to play with them. It is great experience for us.”

Kazakhstan took full advantage of their height to attack precisely and block effectively to take a huge early lead against Chinese Taipei17-7. Chinese Taipei later reacted fiercely to narrow the gap to four points, 21-17, but it was too late to surprise their opponents.

However they came back more determined in the second set, displaying their skills, and takinf the set thanks to some sublime blocking and defensive work. But Kazakhstan rallied back again and gained decisive advantages in the next two sets, sealing the match in 92 minutes. 19-13. Chinese Taipei felt the pressure and eroded a few points out of Kazakhstans unforced errors, but Jarlagassova’s hits were precise and Teng spiked into the Kazakh block, winning the set and the match.
 
DPR Korea drew on all their stamina and skill to upset a steady Japan for their second win. DPR Korea attacked fiercely at the start of the first set with Jong Jin Sim and Kim Yong Mi leading the charge. Japan hit back through the efforts of Rika Nomoto, Saki Minemura and high-jumping Minami Yoshida. But their rivals again flexed their muscles to take the set.

In the second set, Jong continued to hit from the back court and her serving troubled the Japanese who also made several unforced errors. DPR Korea clinched the set when Kiroko Hakutaspiked the ball into the net.

Japan, who sent a young squad to China, none of whom took part in the recently finished FIVB Women’s World Championship, gave up an early lead in the third set as Minemura and Yuki Nishiyama made serving errors. DPR Korea withstood sustained pressure from Japan with solid defense and clinched the victory when Kim Un Jong put the ball out of Japan’s reach to close a thrilling rally.
 
Jong Jin Sim top scored her team with 21 points, followed by Kim Yong Mi with 12 while Japan’s Nomoto Rika spiked a total of 13 points, top scorer in the Japanese team.
 
“We have never played them so we did not know their strength and failed to develop a strategy in response,” Japanese coach Yukio Taniguchi said. “We feel the next match against may be tough as we have never met each other before.”
Standings after day two:
Pool A: Korea, four points, Thailand 3 pts, China, 2 pts, Tajikistan 2 pts, Mongolia 1 pt
Pool B: Kazakhstan four points, DPR Korea 4 pts, India 3 pts, Japan 3pts, Chinese Taipei 2 pts, Maldives 2 pts
Saturday fixtures:
Pool A: Tajikistan vs. Mongolia, China vs. Korea
Pool B: Chinese Taipei vs. Mongolia, DPR Korea vs. Kazakhstan, India vs. Japan.


  
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