Busan, Korea, August 5, 2011 – Korea overcame Germany 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20) in their opening match in Busan on Friday. Kim Yeon-Koung led all scorers with 28 points, while Margareta Kozuch was the top scorer for Germany with 17 points. The two teams had 10 blocks apiece, but Korea outserved Germany 6-2.
As it was the first match, the players were sluggish early on. At 10-10, Kim Yeon-Koung got into her attacking stride, while setter Lee Sook-Ja’s tosses evaded the German block and triggered mistakes in the German team. Germany’s Heike Beier did well in attack, but Germany were undone by their errors.
2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand
Korea maintained their momentum in the second set and were two points ahead at the second technical timeout when Germany tried to reverse the flow of the game with Kathleen Weiss's serving and Corina Ssuschke-Voigt’s attack. However, Kim and Han Song-Yi’s quick attacking moves negated Germany's tactics and allowed Korea to keep the initiative.
The German team moved up a gear in the third set, helped by superior blocking, while the Koreans reception fell apart, stifling their attack. Ssuschke-Voigt was again a major threat.
The fourth set was a tight contest with Korea again getting good results from Kim while the Germans were led by Ssuschke-Voigt, Kozuch and Anne Matthes. The Koreans broke through with good blocking by Kim Se-Young at 18-18 before Kim Yeon-Koung took over to deliver the final attacking push that earned them the set and the match.