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Korea prevail in four sets without ace attacker Moon

Korea's Jeon Kwang-in soars high to hit the ball during their match against Japan

Hwasung, Korea, June 2, 2013 – Korea recorded another win against Japan in four sets (25-21, 25-23, 11-25, 25-22) despite the absence of their go-to hitter Moon Sun-ming in Pool C of the FIVB World League Intercontinental Round at Hwasung Indoor Gym on Sunday.

Japan had a certain advantage entering the second match because of Moon’s injury. Moon sustained a knee injury in the third set of their first match. But the big loss in their starting lineup did not stop Korea from overwhelming their opponents in front of the home crowd.

Japan committed crucial errors allowing the Koreans to make a run and post consecutive wins in the first and second sets. Japan’s Tatsuya Fukuzawa delivered on his attacks but the rest of team’s setter-attacker connection was not as effective. The Korean attackers saw this as an opportunity to pound on Japan’s defence.

Japan came back in the third set and moved ahead with a surprising 18-9 advantage. Japan’s renewed attacking scheme was effective and forced the Koreans to lose concentration on the match. Japan easily took the third set 25-11.

As both teams tried to put pressure on each other, the fourth set became a rubber match. Japan got the better of Korea and took the lead as Daisuke Yako and Fukuzawa teamed up on excellent combination plays until the middle of the set.

The Koreans showed persistence and tied the score at 20-all. As Japan committed crucial errors, Jeon Kwang-in heroically stepped-in to jumpstart the Koreans 25-22 run.

Jeon’s intense presence on the attack and visibility on defence lifted Korea to post two consecutive wins and grabbed the lead in Pool C before facing Finland, Canada, Netherlands and Portugal in the Intercontinental Round.

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