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Korea, Japan show great power with second victory at Asian Men’s Qualification Tournament

 
Japan will fight against Korea for ticket to World Championship after second win

Komaki, Japan, September 7, 2013 – Korea and Japan defeated Qatar and New Zealand for their second straight wins in Pool D of the Asian Men’s Final Qualification Tournament for FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2014.

On Saturday, undefeated Korea and Japan will face each other. The winner will get a ticket to the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2014. 

Korea claimed victory against Qatar 3-0

In a tough battle, Korea defeated Qatar 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 26-24). From the beginning of the first set, two teams hit powerful and fast spikes to the opponent. Korea took initiative of the game and gained the first two sets. The situation changed for Qatar in the third set. At the beginning of the set, Qatar was succeeded in getting four continuous points. Korea could not stop Qatar’s best scorer, Saeed Al-Obaidan (14 points), hitting powerful spikes. Qatar reached set point first. Qatar, however, made errors in defense and could not overcome Korea. Korea achieved the second successive victory. The best scorer of the match, Kwangin Jeon (15 points) led Korea throughout the match.

“We believed we could win this game, because our condition was better than yesterday,” said Korea’s captain Ha Kyoungmin. “In third set, we had some errors in reception. But we were able to overtake Qatar and got the third set at last. I hope we will be able to perform like we did today in the last match against Japan tomorrow.”

Japan dominates New Zealand 3-0

Japan controlled the game and had no trouble in getting their second successive victory with 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-10) over New Zealand. 

In the first set, Japan tookt four continuous points twice and five continuous points. Japan overpowered New Zealand and won the first set easily. In the second set, Japan changed four starting players from the first set, but it didn’t work well at first. New Zealand led at the first technical timeout 8-7. But after Shunsuke Chijiki scored an ace, Japan starts to create momentum. The best scorer of the match, Japan’s Yusuke Ishijima (11 points) led Japan’s second set win. In the third set, Japan recovered their performance and ran ahead of New Zealand. In this set, Japan’s second best scorer Yuta Yoneyama led his team. New Zealand’s best scorer, Thomas Malcolm (9 points) encouraged his team, but his side didn’t get any set in this match. 

Japan’s captain Kota Yamamura was satisfied with the performance of his teammates.

“We all worked well for winning,” he said. “I’d like to praise all my teammates.” 

Standing

 

Rank

Team

Matches

Points

Set Ratio

Points Ratio

Played

Won

Lost

1

KOR

2

2

0

6

MAX

1.510

2

JPN

2

2

0

6

MAX

1.471

3

QAT

2

0

2

0

0.000

0.808

4

NZL

2

0

2

0

0.000

0.533

 

 

Competition Schedule and results

 

September 5

Japan vs. Qatar 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-18)

 

September 6

Korea vs. New Zealand 3-0  (25-16, 25-9, 25-11)

 

September 7

Qatar vs. Korea 0-3 (19-25, 2-25, 24-26)

Japan vs. New Zealand 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-10)

 

September 8

16:30 New Zealand vs. Qatar

19:10 Japan vs. Korea



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