Korea to challenge Netherlands in search of first victory


Tokyo, Japan, May 14, 2016 - The Netherlands will be looking to take revenge from Korea for the last time they lost a game at an FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament back in 2000.  The Asian side, on the other hand, will try to achieve their first victory in Tokyo, as the two teams meet on the second competition day.

• The last time these teams met at a World Olympic Qualification tournament was in 2000. Korea won 3-1.
• This was the last time Netherlands lost at a World Olympic Qualification tournament.
• Netherlands and Korea last met at a world level tournament at the 2005 World Grand Prix. The Dutch won in straight sets.
• The teams met twice at the Olympic Games, both in 1996. Netherlands won 3-1 in the group stage and later secured a fifth place with a straight sets victory.

• Netherlands won their first match against Kazakhstan 3-1.
• The last time Netherlands won their first two matches at a World Olympic Qualification tournament was in 1996 when they defeated both Croatia and Chinese Taipei in straight sets.
• Lonneke Slöetjes scored 30 points against Kazakhstan, including 27 spikes, both numbers are the most for any player in the first match round.
• Anne Buijs served a tournament high five aces.

• Korea lost their opening match at a World Olympic Qualification tournament for the first time, 3-1 against Italy. They had won the previous four occasions.
• Four years ago, Korea Republic suffered two defeats, back-to-back losses against Russia (3-0) and Serbia (3-1).
• Kim Yeon-Koung scored 26 points against Italy. Only Lonneke Slöetjes (NED, 30) had more points in the first match round. 
• Yang Hyo-Jin had five successful blocks, equal most with Cristina Chirichella (ITA).


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