Suwon, Korea, June, 5, 2011 – Korea picked up their second straight win over France in Pool D of the 2011 FIVB World League in Suwon on Sunday to consolidate their second place in the standings behind unbeaten Italy. Korea once again defeated France 3-1 (27-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-16) to leave the French at the bottom of the standings.
Choi Hong-Suk made a number of brilliant attacks, defensive plays and blocks to emerge as Korea's top scorer with 17 points, while France's top point-getter was Samuele Tuia with 15 points.
From the beginning to the middle of the first set, France made up five points and took the lead, but unforced errors in attack allowed Korea do reassert themselves and emerge 27-25 victors.
In the second set, French libero Jenia Grebennikov's brilliant defence and France's good organisation brought them back into the match and, with Korea's block not working and errors creeping into their game, the French had no problem levelling the set scores.
The French maintained a slight advantage early in the third set, but Jeon Kwang-In's brilliant digging and Choi Hong-Suk's blocks forced France into making unforced errors in attack and Korea rallied to take the set 25-23.
With the wind in their sails, the Korean players showed their confidence in the fourth set and won by nine points. Choi Hong-Suk's attack, defense and blocking were again excellent and this proved to be the key to Korea's victory, ensuring the 4,250 home fans went home happy.