Russia defeated Korea in the second round of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at the Sendai Gymnasium on Sunday
Sendai, Japan, August 30, 2015 – Nataliya Obmochaeva had a field day in scoring as she charted 25 points in Russia’s 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-22) win over Korea
in the second round of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup at the Sendai Gymnasium on Sunday.
Russia entered the second technical timeout with a 16-13 lead as Obmochaeva’s attacks drilled the Korean block. Obmochaeva scored eight points mid-set to outscore top Korean attackers Kim Hee-Jin and Kim Yeon-Koung, who have scored four and three points, respectively. Russia secured their lead and the first set from a Korean service error 25-20.
Korea came off strong with a 4-0 lead in the second set until Russia played cut down their lead to within one at 7-6. Russia coach Yury Marichev then fielded in Tatiana Kosheleva, who produced an instant point and game equaliser at 7-all. After trailing the Russians most of the set, the Koreans came back to even the score 22-all then eventually led late in the set. Russia, however, still emerged on top as Obmochaeva ended the second set with a strong spike from the right flank 26-24.
Russia dictated the tempo in the third set as Obmochaeva continued with her attack onslaught, forcing the weaker Asian blocker to struggle. Although Korea made some last minute run in the third set, Russia still prevailed 25-22.