Yeon-Koung delivered 14 kills, two blocks and two aces; other Korean hitters Kim Hee-Jin and Lee Soyoung also hit the double-digit mark with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Natalia Aispurua led Argentina with eight points.
Korea surfaced with a 25-21 win in the first set after being fiercely challenged by Argentina. Yeon-Koung posted eight markers in the set that came from seven attacks and an ace. The South American side showed intense focus to keep up with Yeon-Koung’s attack patterns but came up short in the end as the other Korean hitters found the seams on their court.
Korea resisted another strong challenge from Argentina early in the second set to keep a four-point margin in the second technical break 16-12. The Koreans hustled better in the next part that allowed them to stretch the lead to 23-16, then an Argentine error and Yeon-Koung’s spike closed the set 25-17. Yeon-Koung continued with her assault of the Argentine defence to put her team up in the third set 8-3. Argentina slashed the Korean lead to get their first taste of the advantage in the set at 15-14, but the Asian side scored on two blocks that shifted the momentum back to their side 18-16. Korea still propelled to a 25-20 win in the third set.