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United States wins Pool C with victory over Korea in Trujillo

Haley Eckerman for USA highest scorer at the pool winning match against Korea, Trujillo, Peru.

Trujillo, Peru, July 24, 2011—Second-ranked United States gained momentum going into the transfer day with a win over Korea 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-23) in a Pool C matchup of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship in Peru 2011.

Korea scored four of the first five points after several intense rallies, but the United States responded quickly and tied the score at five. The United States had a balanced attack, with five players in the team scoring three or more points. The United States scored five points off blocks, compared to zero for Korea. Korea played great team defense, and Eon-Hye Kim converted all six of her dig attempts.

In the second set, the size of the United States began to overwhelm Korea. Haley Eckerman and Kelly Reeves both threw down several thunderous spikes, with Reeves serving an ace to win the set. Reeves and Natalie Hagglund combined to convert 14 of their 18 dig attempts for the United States.

Korea earned the first four points of the third set, but then Moneshia Simmons stunning back-to-back kills for the United States ended Korea’s streak. The United States managed to tie the game at seven. Madelyn Huston, who at 195 cm is 11 cm taller than the largest Korean player, had several impressive spikes. Sallie McLaurin had the set and match-winning kill.

The United States scored 10 points of blocks, compared to two for Korea. Haley Eckerman led United States with 16 points, and Kelly Reeves had 14 points. Eun-Ji Choi led Korea with 11 points.

With the victory, the United States won Pool C, and will advance to play in Lima on July 26. Korea will remain in Trujillo.

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