FIVB Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament 2012 | Japan

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Russia fight past Korea in tough battle

The taller Russian players used their size to get offensive advantage at the net in the match against Korea on Sunday

Tokyo, Japan, May 20, 2012 - Russia notched its second victory in as many outings with a straight sets (25-16, 25-23, 25-23) triumph over Korea on the second day of action in the FIVB Women's World Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym on Sunday.

The Russians, who moved to 2-0 with the win, bested Korea (1-1) while exhibiting good blocking (10-5) and reception throughout the match. The Asian side made a strong run late in the second and third sets, but could not sustain it neither time.

Ekaterina Gamova had a match-high 16 points for Russia. Nataliya Goncharova added 13 and Evgenia Estes had 11. Kim Yeon-Koung and Hwang Youn-Joo paced Korea with 13 points each while Yang Hyo-Jin notched 10.

Russia's Evgenia Estes spiked to put Russia ahead 5-3 in the opening set. A spike by Gamova gave Russia an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. Kim Yeon-Koung's spike pulled Korea within a point at 9-8. An Estes spike put Russia up 12-9. Korea called a timeout after Russia scored another point. Hwang Youn-Joo's missed spike made it 15-10 for Russia, which led 16-10 at the second TTO. Kim Yeon-Koung's spike ended a long rally that saw Russia up 17-11. Estes soared for a spike to make it 20-11. Gamova's spike put Russia in front 22-12 as they closed in on the set. A service ace by Kim Hee-Jin took it to 23-15 and Russia took a timeout. Maria Perepelkina's spike gave Russia the set 25-16.

After Kim Hee-Jin sent a spike long and Russia claimed a 5-2 lead in the second set, Korea took a timeout. A fine save by libero Kim Hae-Ran helped lead to a spike by Kim Yeon-Koung that made it 5-4. A missed spike by Nataliya Goncharova gave Korea an 8-7 lead at the first TTO. A service error by Hwang made it 12-9 for Russia, which reclaimed the momentum. After another Russian point, Korea called time down 13-9. Russia was in front 16-12 at the second TTO. Hwang rose for a spike to make it 18-14 and then followed with a service ace. Goncharova drilled a spike for 20-15 as Russia kept the pressure on. Korea scored five of the next six points to pull within 21-20. A net infraction stalled the rally and made it 22-20 for Russia. A spike by Kim Yeon-Koung and a service ace by Kim Hee-Jin tied it 22-22. Korea then moved in front when Gamova missed a spike. Russia ran off the last three points and took the set 25-23 on a missed spike by Kim Yeon-Koung.

Russia established a 5-3 lead in the final set after a missed spike by Kim Yeon-Koung. Korea scored three straight point to move ahead 6-5 and Russia called time. Kim Yeon-Koung's spike sent Korea into the first TTO with an 8-6 advantage. Korea went up 12-10 after Gamova missed a spike. An Estes spike drew Russia within 13-12. Kim Yeon-Koung's spike boosted Korea's lead to 16-13 heading into the second TTO. A service ace by Kim Hee-Jin made it 18-14 as Korea gained steam. Yang Hyo-Jin's spike made it 20-18 as Korea tried to hang on. A Korean spike sailed long and the score was 20-20. Back and forth it went down the stretch, with Russia pulling ahead 23-22 on a nice block. Gamova's spike gave Russia match point at 24-23 and she closed it out 25-23 with a final blast.






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