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Kim Yeon-Koung spearheads Korea’s 3-0 win over Kenya

 
Komaki, Japan, September 4, 2015 – Korea controlled the tempo in their straight-set (25-16, 25-16, 25-19) victory over Kenya in the third round of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup at the Park Arena Komaki on Friday.

Kim Yeon-Koung solidly fired 20 points from the attack line to top all scorers in the match. Kim Hee-Jin added 12 points for Korea, while Mercy Moim finished with 10 points for Kenya. Korea shot a total of 43 attacks to outscore Kenya, which only charted 25 spikes. Korea served better with seven aces, but their counterparts fared better in blocks 5-3.

Korea’s main hitter Yeon-Koung paced her attacks in the first set and placed it well in unguarded areas of the Kenyan court. Mercy Moim of Kenya tried to spark a scoring run but Yeon-Koung’s side had better advantage as Lee Soyoung and Kim Hee-Jin stepped in to upgrade the Korean offence. Korea secured the first set with a comfortable cushion 25-16.

Kenya countered well in the second set that kept the score tied at 7-all. Korea managed to get out of a long rally with the African side. The Koreans pulled away with a five-point advantage at the second technical timeout 16-11. Korea clinched the second set 25-16 as they took advantage of the absence of Mercy Moim, who had to sit out in the set due to a minor injury. In the third set, Korea maintained their pace and jumped to an 8-2 lead in the first technical timeout. Kenya came back to within two points 19-17, but could not completely overturn the Asian side; as they notched set and match victory 25-19.

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