The quiet team, SOUTH KOREA, yet a very strong in 2012 London Olympics defeated the Italian powerhouse and Euro-champ in four sets (4-1), (18,25,25-21,25-20,25-18) at Earls Court yesterday.
It was so sad for the Italians since they ranked 2 in the elimination round under Pool A behind Russia. On the other side of town, the Koreans were so glad to beat a very strong team even though they remained ranked 3 in the elimination round under Pool B.
You could just imagine that the Koreans tried to catch the Italian attacks in the first set and it ended 25-18 in favor for the Italians. However, they showed their Asian styles of volleyball in the 2nd,3rd and 4th set when the Italians could not make their own run to beat them. Finally, they bowed to these Asian volleybelles and they don’t have any choice.
This means that South Korea is qualified in the semifinals, together with USA. JAPAN and BRAZIL. ITALY,as well as RUSSIA, CHINA and DOMINICAN REPUBLIC failed to join them as they were beaten in their respective matches yesterday.
So, what’s next? It’s the battle among the best four teams in this year’s Olympics. Who will prevail?
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