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Netherlands defeat Korea 3-1 despite service problems

Jeroen Rauwedink of the Netherlands in action against Korea

Cheonan, Korea, June 29, 2013 - The Netherlands defeated Korea for the 16th time in 17 World League matches after beating their Asian rivals 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-16) in the first of their two FIVB World League matches of the weekend on Saturday. 

Netherlands, whose only defeat to Korea came in their first encounter in 1993, struggled somewhat with their service, allowing Korea to win the second set and level the score at 1-1. Korea's key attackers, Jeon Kwang-In and Seo Jae-Duck, played impressively, getting 31 points between them. Jae-Duck, who was making his debut, recorded three kill blocks against the tall opponents.

However, Korea could not maintain its teamwork, and looked tired in the third and fourth sets. Dutch setter Nimir Abdel-azia co-ordinated well, and spiker Jeroen Rauwerdink unleashed high, quick attacks. Korea remained solid and steady, but the Netherlands were more effective, recording 14 kill blocks.

Although Korea lost to Netherlands, the Korean team could take some encouragement. Their newly-discovered young, Jae-Duck, looked excellent. Korea have been struggling since losing Moon Sung-min to injury against Japan. But they have found a new way to get points by dispatching Jeon Kwang-In and Seo Jae-Duck in the front line.

Jae-Duck was the match's top scorer, with 23 points. Neils Klapwijk and Thomas Koelewijn joint top-scored for the Netherlands with 14 points. 

The Netherlands are top of Pool C with 16 points. Korea are fifth with seven points.

A total of 3,013 fans saw the match at the Yugwansoon Gym. The two sides meet again on Sunday.

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