Captain - Kim Yeon-Koung

Kim Yeon-Koung will be hoping her individual brilliance can help power her team to glory here in Japan. Throughout her illustrious international career she has regularly received individual awards. She was named Best Scorer at the 2009 Grand Champions Cup then named Best Spiker, Best Receiver and Best Scorer at the 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament. After being so instrumental in helping Korea to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games, it was fitting that she was named Most Valuable Player and Best Scorer at the Games as Korea finished fourth in the tournament.

Outside of her individual awards, she has claimed gold on home soil at the 2014 Asian Games, silver at the 2010 Asian Games and 2015 Asian Championship, and bronze at the 2013 Asian Championship. Kim has played for the Fenerbahce club in Istanbul, Turkey since 2011.

Star Player - Yang Hyo-Jin

Yang Hyo-Jin began her international career at the 2009 Asian Championships, where she was part of the Korea team that finished fourth. After a 13th-place at the 2010 World Championships, she was in the Korea team that won a silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

She helped Korea to a second-place finish in the 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament to seal their place at the Olympic Games in London. After warming up with a 14th-place in the World Grand Prix, Yang and her teammates just missed out on a medal in London as they finished fourth. For Yang, 2014 was an important one, as she had the satisfaction of winning a gold medal in front of a home crowd at the 2014 Asian Games. A creditable ninth-place finish in Group 1 at the World Grand Prix provided a solid platform from which Yang and her team could aim for gold in Incheon. Her dream came true at the Games, as Korea defeated China in the final to be crowned champions.

The 25-year-old centre will be looking to lead her team to success once more here at the 2015 World Cup.


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