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2005 Youth Girls' Under 18 World Championships
Macau, 23 – 31 July 2005

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Korea beat Austria 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 29-27) - duration 1:21
24-Jul, start time: 18:01, end time: 19:22 - Attendance: 470
City: Macau; Hall : Dome
Korea hold off Austria in Pool B
Macau, China, July 24, 2005 -- Korea sounded another title warning by beating Austria 3-0 on the second day of the Girls' U18 World Championship on Sunday.
After recording a confidence-boosting 3-2 victory over two-time defending champions China the previous evening, Korea returned to the Macau East Asian Games Dome to see off the Europeans 25-19, 25-18, 29-27.
Korea played hard and fast to deny this talented Austrian team a set, and have several players capable of lifting the team at the crucial times.
In the first set, Korea started to open up a gap at the mid-point, and had six set points at 24-18.
On the first one, captain Kim Yeon-Koung served into the net to give Austria a brief reprieve, but Bae Yoo-Na split the Austrian defence down the middle on the next point to close out the set 25-19.
Just like in the previous night's game against China, the Koreans enjoyed loud vocal support as Korean expatriates sang "Tae Han Min Kuk" (Korea Republic) and "O-pil-sung Korea" (Victory for Korea).
Korea dominated the second set, leading 16-11 at the second TTO, but the Austrians made them work hard for every point.
Korea claimed the second set 25-18 with a left-handed winner from the right by Ha Joon-Eem.
Dianna Ojo, who had scored 31 points in the victory over Ukraine, was well-patrolled by the Korean blockers, but Austria still led 8-7 at the first TTO of the third set.
By the second TTO, with some effective blocking, they were still in front, 16-14, and Korea called a time-out when falling further behind at 19-16.
A service ace from Ebru Kalkan highlighted the uncertainty that had crept into the Koreans' game, but captain Kim, the dynamo Bae and lefty Ha led the fightback to 23-23.
Korea saved two set points and missed two match points before the inspirational Kim finished the job on Korea's third match point.