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.
undefeated Korea and Japan will face each other. The winner
will get a ticket to the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2014.
victory against Qatar 3-0
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.
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
the game and had no trouble in getting their second successive
victory with 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-10) over New Zealand.
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.
captain Kota Yamamura was satisfied with the performance of his teammates.
worked well for winning,” he said. “I’d like to praise all my teammates.”
Competition Schedule and results
Japan vs. Qatar 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-18)
Korea vs. New Zealand 3-0 (25-16, 25-9, 25-11)
Qatar vs. Korea 0-3 (19-25, 2-25, 24-26)
Japan vs. New Zealand 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-10)
16:30 New Zealand vs. Qatar
19:10 Japan vs. Korea