Incheon, Korea, June 11, 2011 – In the third week of the 2011 FIVB World League, Italy held on to first place in Pool D with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20) victory over Korea.
Korean center Lee Sun-Kyu’s blocking helped Korea take the advantage early in the first set and he was ably supported by the fast attacks of Kim Jung-Hwan on the right and Lee Sun-Kyu in the center, enabling Korea to move into a two-point lead, which they were able to maintain to the end.
Italy responded by playing to their strengths with some good high blocks in the second set and cruised to a six-point margin of victory.
Italy continued with their good form in the third set and moved into a six-point lead at 12-6. Korea changed their lineup, bringing in Han Sun-Soo and Kwon Young-Min, which helped bring some stability to the team, but they were too far back to turn things around.
Korea went ahead in the fourth set behind the serves of Kim Jung-Hwan and Choi Hong-Suk’s sustained attacks, but Italy recovered with strong defence and powerful offense, and were five points ahead at the end.