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Volleyball: Korea beat Japan to secure 2014 World Championship berth

Korea players celebrate their win over Japan to secure a spot in the 2014 FIVB World Championship. Photo: FIVB.

Korea players celebrate their win over Japan to secure a spot in the 2014 FIVB World Championship. Photo: FIVB.

September 10, 2013: Korea secured their ticket to the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship by defeating Japan 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-13) to top Pool D in the Asian Men’s Final Qualification Tournament.

 

Korea joined Australia at the World Championship after the sides topped Pool D and Pool A respectively.

 

With Sunday’s win over Japan, Korea secured its ninth appearance in the World Championship, although they finished 17th on their last appearance in 2006. Japan’s defeat ends a sequence of 14 consecutive World Championship appearances since 1960.

 

At the end of the four-day competition in Japan, Korea maintained a perfect record with three wins and nine points without losing a set, while Japan won two games. Qatar beat winless New Zealand on the final day.

 

Jeon Kwan-gin led Korea with 20 points against Japan including 15 spikes, three blocks and two aces. Tatsuya Fukuzawa scored 10 points for Japan.

 

Korea coach Park Ki-won said: “Before the start of the tournament, the team had a training camp for a month and I concentrated on getting players in shape. I think we competed in the best condition and that’s why we won today’s match against Japan.”

 

Korea captain Ha Kyoung-min said: “I’m happy to win this match. We performed better than we prepared. I’m satisfied with how we played today and proud of getting a ticket to the World Championship.”

 

Pool B will be contested by hosts Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Bahrain from September 11-13, while China will host Pool C and contenders India, Chinese Taipei and Saudi Arabia from September 20-22.

 

The Asian Men’s Final Qualification Tournament comprises four pools of four teams. Only the top-ranked team in each pool earns a place at the World Championship, which will be held in Poland from September 3-21, 2014.

 

Pool A

Rank   Team   P          W         L          Pts

1          KOR    3          3          0          9

2          JPN     3          2          1          6

3          QAT    3          1          2          3

4          NZL     3          0          3          0

 

September 5: Japan 3-0 Qatar (25-18, 25-22, 25-18)

September 6: Korea 3-0 New Zealand (25-16, 25-9, 25-11)

September 7: Korea 3-0 Qatar (25-19, 25-2, 26-24)

September 7: Japan 3-0 New Zealand (25-14, 25-20, 25-10)

September 8: Qatar 3-0 New Zealand (25-22, 25-22, 25-21)

September 8: Korea 3-0 Japan (25-20, 25-20, 25-13)

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