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

Match Descriptive

Korea beat China 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21) - duration 1:18
30-Jul, start time: 16:11, end time: 17:29 - Attendance: 590
City: Macau; Hall : Tap Seac
Koreans repeat victory over China
Macau, China, July 30, 2005 -- Korea powered past China 3-0 in the second classification game to decide positions five to eight at the Girls' U18 World Championship on Saturday.
Korea beat their fierce Asian rivals 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 to record their second victory of the championship over the recently-crowned Asian youth champions and two-time world champions.
Korea had started their campaign with a stunning 3-2 win over China on the opening day at the Macau East Asian Games Dome last Saturday.
In a close first set, China had the edge at the two technical breaks, 8-6 and 16-15, but when Korea swept ahead 19-17 China called time-out.
Captain Kim Yeon-Koung has been an inspirational leader throughout the tournament, and was again in this match as the pressure mounted.
Lee Bo-Ra brought up set point for Korea at 24-23, and a block on Wang Huiwei gave Korea the first set 25-23.
The Koreans maintained their high motivation in the second set, but China's Tang Xiaoming lifted her team's spirits with some sizzling spikes and serves.
A modest 1.80 metres, the 15-year-old Tang serves fireballs, and 13-year-old Fan Linlin, China's tallest player at 1.90 metres, responded with some crushing blows on the left.
The match was full of fast and agile rallies, but Korea stayed on top, despite the frequent left-handed piledrivers from China's Zeng Chunlei.
Korea took the second set 25-21 to move ahead 2-0.
Fifteen-year-old Bae Yoo-Na, who, like her captain Kim, has also enjoyed a wonderful championship, kept up her impressive form to push Korea ahead in the third set.
Lee Yeon-Ju was proving hard to mark for the Chinese blockers, and Korea started to pull away midway through the third set.
Korea won it on their second match point, 25-21.