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Women s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Korea beat Greece 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-22) - duration 1:42
16-Jun, start time: 16:00, end time: 17:42 - Attendance: 3'000
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Korea spoils Greek dream
A reality check to the Olympic dreams of Greece came in the way of a 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-22) loss at the hands of Korea on Monday at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

After Saturday's straight sets victory over Kenya, Greece's charge towards an Olympic quarterfinal spot came to a shuddering halt despite a good start in front of their passionate fans.

The excellent reception from libero Ioanna VLACHOU and great coordination between setter Eleftheria CHATZINIKOU and universal Rouxantra-Kon NTOUMITRESKOU (four out of five spikes in the first set) made the difference for the Greek team in the first set. The Greeks built up an early lead and were never threatened as they secured the first set by five points.

However, Korea, who are ranked 12 places higher than Greece at 9th in the world, soon found their game with Min Jung KU and Hee Kwang CHOI spiking with efficiency. Korea improved their blocking game dramatically with 11 points alone coming from their defense at the net and in the end that was the difference in the second set.

Korea by this stage had restored their morale and were beginning to hit their straps. The Greeks seemed shocked with the new scenario and they couldn't recover, with mistake after mistake starting to creep into their game. Despite Greece's early lead and late rally Korea went comfortably ahead 2-1.

After a stirring team talk from coach Dimitrios Floros and the introduction of experienced setter Eleni MEMETZI saw Greece start the fourth set with a lot more fight. Up 21-19 it looked as though they could level the match again but mistakes again crept into the Greek game and Korea took full advantage going on a 6-3 streak to win the set and the match.

KU, CHOI, So Yun CHANG and Dae Young YUNG led Korea in scoring with 19, 13, 12 and 12 points respectively, while for the hosts NTOUMITRESKOU with 23 points, was followed by Maria GKARAGKOUNI (14 points) and Niki GKARAGKOYNI (13).

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