Stage is set for two to clash in volleyball tourney

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Stage is set for two to clash in volleyball tourney

Moon Sung-min and Park Chul-woo, who played instrumental roles in Korea’s win over Japan in the 2011 FIVB World League qualifiers against archrival Japan, are set to clash in the upcoming 2010 Korea Volleyball Federation’s summer tournament, which will be held over nine days in Suwon starting tomorrow.

The tournament has been held every summer since 2006 and will feature six teams divided into two groups. Based on last season’s record, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, Woori Capital and Korean Air will be grouped in one with Hyundai Capital, LIG Liability Insurance and KEPCO45.

The two favorites are Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance and Hyundai Capital.

Samsung is coming off three consecutive league title winning seasons and won the summer tourney last year. Samsung signed the biggest free agent during the offseason in Park and sent Choi Tae-woong and Lee Hyung-doo to Hyundai as compensation for the signing.

Hyundai was not only able to gain Choi and Lee but also gained a formidable ace in Moon Sung-min - who makes his return from Turkey.

“I will focus on helping Samsung to a first place finish in 2010-11 season and its fifth league title,” stated Park.

Earlier this week, Moon and Park played crucial roles in helping Korea qualify for the 2011 FIVB World League in Nagoya, Japan. Head coach Shin Chi-yong depended heavily on Moon and Park, and the two players delivered, helping Korea to three sets to one wins in both games.

“I feel confident about our team winning its third consecutive gold at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, this November,” said Shin. “I will insert two to three new players to strengthen this squad.”


By Jason Kim [jason@joongang.co.kr]

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