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Serbia overcome Korea in three sets

Korea's Kim Yeon-Koung tries to break through the Serbian block on Sunday
 Tokyo, August 21, 2011 – Serbia continued their good form with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-23) win over Korea in Pool L of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. 

Serbia were led by Sanja Malagurski with 15 points, Milena Rasic with 13 and Jovana Brakocevic with 12. Korea's top scorer was Kim Yeong-Koung with 14 points and she was the only Korean to score into double figures. 

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

The was nothing to choose between the two teams in the opening phase, but a big shot by Jovana Brakocevic and a block on big-hitter Kim Yeon-Koung put Serbia two points up at the first technical timeout. After a spike and block by Sanja Malagurski put the Serbs two points ahead at 10-8, Korea coach Kim Hying-Sil called a timeout, but it wasn't until 12-11 that Serbia started to pull away, scoring four straight points – two on spikes by Brakocevic – to give them a 16-11 lead at the second TTO. Kim called a timeout at 18-11, but Korea made two more errors as Serbia stretched their scoring run to eight points and took control of the set. A spike by Brizitka Molnar brought up setpoint and a wide shot by Han Song-Yi put Serbia 1-0 up.

The second set started much as the first had, with both teams battling for the lead. When Brakocevic sent down a service ace to give Serbia a two-point cushion at 6-4, Kim called a timeout and Brakocevic planted her next serve in the net before Han levelled with a decent shot. But two Korean errors – a bad mixup between setter Lee Sook-Ja and a netted spike by Hwang Youn-Joo – restored Serbia's two-point lead at the first TTO. A big blast by Brakocevic and more sloppy Korean play saw Serbia stretch their lead to 14-10 and that increased to 16-11 at the second TTO on the back of yet another Korean mistake. Two mammoth smashes by Sanja Malagurski helped Serbia cruise toward their second set. A spike by Milena Rasic brought setpoint and the combination of a Korean error and Molnar hit put Serbia 2-0 up.

Korea burst out of the blocks at the start of the third set, taking the first four points as Serbia stumbled slightly. Two good blocks helped to invigorate the Koreans and when Rasic sent a drive wide, Korea found themselves five points up at the first TTO. They were still five points ahead at 13-8, but two spikes and two excellent blocks on Hwang by Malagurski helped Serbia draw level at 15-15. Serbian coach Zoran Terzic called a timeout as Korea moved two points in front and Kim did likewise when Serbia pulled level at 20-20. It was still level at 22 but a Malagurski spike and a wide shot by Kim Yeon-Koung handed Serbia matchpoint, which they converted on the softest of tips from Rasic. 


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