Gora, Poland, August 13, 2011 – Korea beat Poland in
straight sets (25-21, 34-32, 25-23) during the second weekend of 2011
FIVB World Grand Prix in Zielona Gora, Poland on Saturday as the hosts went down following a solid performace from the Koreans.
Kim was the best scorer for Korea with 24 points, while Poland's
Katarzyna Konieczna scored 17 points.
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beating Argentina 3-0 on Friday, Poland now lead in Pool E, while
Korea is closely following with two points gained after a five-set
thriller against Cuba.
first set started with an advantage to the Koreans side, but the hosts would not let their rivals jump too far
ahead and levelled the score at 12-12. They carried the momentum and
with Katarzyna Konieczna's ace gained a two-point-advantage (14-12),
she forced Korean coach, Hyung-Sil Kim into a timeout. However,
Poland kept a narrow advantage until the Asian side tied the score at
20-20. Polish team lost focus as Korea scored three points in a row
and picked up the set 25-21.
hosts started set two very determined and quickly gained a
three-point-lead (6-3). They maintained the advantage, thanks to
Katarzyna Konieczna's powerful spikes (she had more than 50 per cent
attack efficiency). The Koreans eventually tied the score at 16-16,
after a misunderstanding in Polish team and the play continued on a
point-by-point basis. After a heart-stopping ending and eight set balls, the Koreans finally took the second set 34-32 settling the
overall score at 2-0.
third set was very tight from its first ball, but the Poles led at the first TTO (8-6). They stayed ahead until 13-10,
and when the Koreans scored two points in a row (13-12), head coach
Alojzy Swiderek called a timeout. However, the guests tied the score
and in a blink of an eye took the lead. From that moment the score
stayed close, with a narrow advantage on the Asian side. The hosts
buoyed by almost five thousand fans fought very hard, but were not
able defeat Korea and lost the set 23-25.
this 3-0 victory, Korea jumped to the first place in Pool E. On
Sunday they will face Argentina, while Poland will face Cuba.