USA overcome Korea improving to 3-0
KOBE, Japan, October 2, 2018 - The United States had to fight
hard for a 3-1 victory over a feisty Korea in Pool C action at
Kobe Green Arena on Tuesday evening. The reigning world
champions and world No. 2 recovered from one set down to win 3-1
(19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-18) and extend their win-loss record to
a perfect 3-0.
World No. 10 Korea dropped to 0-3 but can take heart from
becoming the first team here to take a set off the Americans.
Southpaw Kelly Murphy led the USA scoring with 18 points,
including 16 spikes, and Rachael Adams provided a textbook
performance of a middle blocker with 14 points, including five
blocks. Three other American players reached double figures.
Korea replied with 26 points from Park Jeongah, including 24
spikes, and 17 from Captain Kim Yeon Koung.
Also in Pool C, Thailand recorded a sparkling 3-1 victory over
World Championship rookies Trinidad and Tobago. The Thais,
ranked 16th in the world, delighted their large following by
winning 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-11 to improve their win-loss
record to 2-1. The 34th-ranked T&T slipped to a third straight
It was a true team effort by the
quick-to-improvise Thais, who had 17 points each from middle
blocker Nuekjang Thatdao, with nine spikes and four blocks four
and aces, and Kongyot Ajcharaporn, who led the attack with 16
spikes. T&T's top scorer was southpaw spiker Krystele Esdelle
with 15 points, one more than Channon Thompson and Sinead Jack.
In Sapporo, Italy cruised past Cuba 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-20) on
the third day of action on Tuesday.
Paola Egonu was Italy’s top scorer for the third match running.
She scored 15 points, with Anna Danesi contributing 11,
including three blocks. Cuba were led by Ailama Cese and Jessica
Aguilera, who both scored nine points.
Italy had the edge in blocking points (8-3), aces (4-1) and
errors (13-21) and never looked in danger of losing the match,
although the Cubans recovered from a poor first set to offer
Italy more of a challenge.
It was only Italy’s second ever win against Cuba in the World
Championships, although Italy have now won seven of their last
nine encounters against Cuba at world-level competitions. Italy
have won all three of their matches 3-0 at this year’s World
Championship. Cuba have lost theirs 3-0 and their 10-match
losing streak is their longest without a win in the competition.
Also in Sapporo, Captain Zhu Ting led China to victory in a
tough match against a resilient Canada team on Tuesday. China
won 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-13) in the final match on the third
day of action.
Zhu was the top scorer for China with 14 points, but it was no
one-woman show. Yuan Xinyue added 10 points and Gong Xiangyu
nine. Kiera Van Ryk (11) was the only Canadian to get into
double figures, with Emily Maglio scoring nine points.
China had the edge in blocking points (10-8), service points
(6-4) and errors (10-19), and were dominant in sets (27-6),
reflecting a strong performance from setter Ding Xia.