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Korea, China and Japan through to next round at East Asian Games

Veteran spiker Jong Jin Sim helps DPR Korea clinch a crucial win over Chinese Taipei

Tianjin, China, October 8, 2013 - DPR Korea stormed past Chinese Taipei to claim an easy straight sets victory 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-21) in 70 minutes to finish second in Pool A. They join China and Japan in the top four at the 6th East Asian Games at the Nankai University Sport Center here on Tuesday.

Today’s match is very crucial for the Pool A standings, since both DPR Korea and Chinese Taipei had no victories until today. The team coached by Kang Ok Sun was much stronger in attack and block than Chinese Taipei over the course of the game, making light work of their defence at the net. Veteran spiker Jong Jin Sim, who was the top scorer of the match, played an important role in their victory.

Jong Jin Sim paved the way to the wide victory by scoring 21 points followed by Ri Pom Hui who earned  15 points. Captain Chen Wan Ting with 14 points was the best on the Chinese Taipei side, including 13 points from attacks and one from a serve.

Hong Kong will play against Guam in Pool B to decide the last team to enter the top four.

DPR Korean first win after losing to China the previous day improved their win-loss ratio to 1-1, allowing them to  finish second in Pool action to join China and Japan in the top four while Chinese Taipei dropped to 0-2 after the third competition day.

China and Japan finish pool play with an unbeaten record.

The Chinese team – a young team with all the players under 20 years and with average height reaching 1.86m –comprised players from the national U18 and U19, who grabbed gold medals at the FIVB Volleyball Championships early this year. They beat Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-16) on Sunday and then rallied back to defeat the DPR Korea in a hotly-contested five-set thriller 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 24-26, 25-14, 15-7) the second day, finishing first in Pool A. Japan swept Hong Kong 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-11) and Guam in straight sets, topping Pool B.

The results are as follows:

Day one

Pool A: China vs. Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-16)
Pool B: Japan vs. Hong Kong 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-11)

Day two

Pool A: China vs. DPR Korea 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 24-26, 25-14, 15-7)
Pool B: Japan vs. Guam 3-0 (25-6, 25-5, 25-5)

Day three

Pool A: DPR Korea vs. Chinese Taipei 3-0 (22-25, 15-25, 21-25)

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