Korea score amazing victory over Brazil, USA unbeaten in Pool B
London, Great Britain, August 2, 2012 - World No. 15 Korea scored the biggest surprise of the women's Olympic volleyball tournament thus far by blanking defending champions and No. 2 Brazil (25-23, 25-21, 25-21) in the last match of Wednesday at Earls Court.
The victory snapped a 13-game winning streak of Brazil against Korea, who last had won a match against the super power South Americans in the 2003 FIVB World Grand Prix.
The triumph of Korea came after the 3-0 victory of United States over China to sit atop of Pool B as the only undefeated squad of the tough group. In the other match of Pool B, Turkey scored their first win by defeating Serbia 3-0.
In Pool A, world champions Russia and world cup monarchs Italy kept their perfect records at 3-0 with full 9 points following straight-set wins over Algeria and Great Britain respectively. In the other match of the group, Japan nailed an important 3-0 victory over Dominican Republic.
Friday’s schedule presents Brazil against China and Japan versus Russia in the morning session, followed by the afternoon matches of Turkey-Korea and Dominican Republic-Great Britain. The action concludes with United States playing Serbia and Algeria meeting Italy in the evening program.
Japan 3, Dominican Republic 0
Russia 3, Algeria 0
Turkey 3, Serbia 0
Italy 3, Great Britain 0
Italy continued their victorious march by scoring a 3-0 (27-25, 25-12, 25-12) win over hosts Great Britain. The team of Massimo Barbolini overcame a British challenge in the opening set to cruise the rest of the way while improving to a 3-0 win-loss record in Pool A. The home girls are now 1-2. Carolina Costagrande, Lucia Bosetti and Simona Gioli notched 12, 11 and 10 points respectively to spearhead a balanced Italian attack that saw Antonella Del Core and Jenny Barazza contributing 9 and 8 tallies. Great Britain’s Lynne Beattie and Clara Michel finished with 11 and 10 points. Italy held advantages in blocks (10-7) and aces (6-3) and Costagrande landed 10 of her 17 spikes.
United States 3, China 0
Top world-ranked United States took sole possession of first place in Pool B following their 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 31-29) well battled triumph over No. 3 China. It was the eighth consecutive victory for USA over China who last defeated the Americans in the 2007 World Grand Prix. The Asians lead the overall head-to-head contests 32-22. The Americans, who held a 10-8 advantage in the blocking department, improved to 3-0 while China saw their record fall to 2-1. Destinee Hooker and Megan Hodge hammered 22 and 18 points respectively to top the American attack while Foluke Akinradewo and Logan Tom chipped in with 10 and 9. Zheng Chunlei had 10 for China and teammate Chu Junling added nine points.
Korea 3, Brazil 0
Emerging Korea scored a major upset by defeating Olympic defending champions in straight sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-21) in the last match of Wednesday at Earls Court. The victory earned Korea a 2-1 win-loss record in Pool B while Brazil now stand at 1-2. It was the first victory of Korea over Brazil since the 2003 World Grand Prix snapping a 13-game losing streak to the hands of the Brazilians. Once again, superstar Kim Yeon-Koung was unstoppable as she topped all the players in the match by scoring 21 points while Han Song-Yi added 16. Brazil’s Sheila Castro finished with 16 points and Fabiana Claudino and Fernanda Rodrigues each closed with 10.
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