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Korea gets second win at Volleyball Nations League

Kim Yeon-koung plays Team Serbia at the Volleyball Nations League match on Sunday in Rimini, Italy. [FIVB]

Kim Yeon-koung plays Team Serbia at the Volleyball Nations League match on Sunday in Rimini, Italy. [FIVB]

 
Korea's national team added their second win of the Volleyball Nations League 2021, beating Serbia 3-1 in Rimini, Italy on Sunday.  
 
The win followed on the heels of yet another loss, after Korea fell in straight sets to Russia. Korea fell apart in both attacking and blocking in that game, winning 25 attacking points to Russia's 48 and seven attacks to Russia's 11.
 
Korea had better luck against Serbia on Sunday, winning after a hard fought two hours and 12 minutes on the court. 
 
Jeong Ji-yun attempts an attack during the Volleyball Nations League match against Serbia on Sunday in Rimini, Italy. [FIVB]

Jeong Ji-yun attempts an attack during the Volleyball Nations League match against Serbia on Sunday in Rimini, Italy. [FIVB]

 
Captain Kim Yeon-koung covered the entire court, scoring whenever she saw a chance to score 27 points in the game. The second best Korean scorer was Jeong Ji-yun, with 14 points.  

 
Serbia fought back hard with long rallies and scored 11 aces as opposed to Korea's five, taking the second set 23-25 after a long 38 minutes. But unable to win another set, Korea took the match 3-1. Jovana Mirosavljevic of Serbia made three aces and was the best scorer on her team with 16 points.  
 
"They have great defense and it's really hard to play with this team, because they can catch every ball and cover the entire court." Mirosavljevic told the Volleyball World about Team Korea.  
 
This week's win puts an end to Korea's eight-match losing streak.  
 
"We were waiting for this victory for a long time, so I'm very happy." Kim said after the match.
 
Korea had 59 attack points and 10 blocks as opposed to Serbia's 35 attacks and eight blocks.
 
"We were preparing a lot ahead of this game," Kim said. "After the last games we were focused on improving our counter-attack as it was a missing part.
 
"Today after defense we were performing really good counter-attacks and that let us score a few points in a row. We were also serving very aggressively and did a good job in the block."
 
Korea has four more matches left against Canada, Brazil, Turkey and Nederland.
 
"I think that I have room for improvement, especially when it's about communication with players as then we will be able to have even better performance," Kim said. "We have now a great atmosphere in the team, so now we will prepare ahead of tomorrow's game and we hope to earn another victory."  
 
Korea will next face Canada on Monday at 6 p.m., or 1 a.m. on Tuesday in Korea.
 
BY YUN SO-HYANG   [yun.sohyang@joongang.co.kr]
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