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Korea too strong for Poland

Korean block was unbreakable for Polish team as they lost 0-3.

Zielona 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.

Yeon-Koung Kim was the best scorer for Korea with 24 points, while Poland's Katarzyna Konieczna scored 17 points.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

After 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

With this 3-0 victory, Korea jumped to the first place in Pool E. On Sunday they will face Argentina, while Poland will face Cuba.


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