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The Korean Yeon-Koung Kim was the best scorer with 24 points

Tokyo, Japan, November 18, 2011 - Korea beat Argentina in straight sets (25-17, 28-26, 25-23) on the final day of fourth-round action in the FIVB Women's World Cup at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym on Friday afternoon. The victory gave Korea a 3-8 win-loss mark for the tournament tied with the defeated side. Korean star Yeon-Koung Kim, who picked up the award as most impressive player of the match, was nothing short of brilliant on this night, exhibiting a comprehensive all-around game that could only leave observers shaking their heads.

She finished with a match-high 22 points while Youn-Joo Hwang and Jeong-Ah Park added 13 and 12 points respectively for the winners. Captain Emilce Sosa and Lucia Fresco both had 12 points in the loss for Argentina.

Yeon-Koung Kim set the tone in the opening set with a couple of early spikes that staked her team to a 6-2 lead, prompting Argentina to call a timeout. Korea then ran off the next two points to lead 8-2 at the first TTO.

Yeon-Koung Kim, who previously played in Japan, also displayed a deft touch at the net, scoring with a nice dink to put her team up 10-3.

Argentina tried to slow the onslaught with another timeout while trailing 13-3, but it did not work. Korea led 16-5 at the second TTO with Yeon-Koung Kim arleady racking up seven points.

The Argentines battled back, scoring four straight points to make it 16-9, and Korea took a timeout of its own.

Jeong-Ah Park converted a nice spike out of the timeout to end the Argentina run.

A nice serve by Yeon-Koung Kim made it 23-14 for Korea, and they wrapped up the set 25-17 moments later.

The second set was much more competitive and featured some excellent rallies.

Argentine libero Lucia Gaido made a nice dig to keep the ball alive and her side then took the point and a 5-3 lead.

Korea scored the next three points to go ahead 6-5, but Argentina battled back in front 8-6 at the first TTO.

The Koreans then dug in and surged back in front 14-11 again behind the strong play of Yeon-Koung Kim.

With Korea in front 22-20, Yeon-Koung Kim appeared to score on a spike but was called for being over the net.

Argentina pulled to within a point at 23-22 when Hwang served into the net, then equalized 23-23 on a spike by Lucia Fresco.

With the score knotted 25-25, Yeon-Koung Kim rose high to deliver another spike for 26-25, but Argentina tied it again at 26-26.

Youn-Ok Choi then made a nice play to give Korea match point at 27-26, and a final spike gave Korea the set 28-26.

Argentina moved out to an 8-3 lead at the first TTO in the third set, with Korea looking tired after expending a lot of energy to hang on and take the second set.

Jeong-Ah Park made a nice block to cut the deficit to 11-5, and Yeon-Koung Kim followed with another sublime spike as Korea appeared to regain the momentum, reeling off five straight points.

Hwang's left-handed spike evened the score 12-12 as Korea continued its surge.

Sosa and Fresco showed their influence in the third set as both sides battled intensely.

A spike off an option play by Park tied it 19-19 as the seesaw set continued. The score was even at 23-23 when Korea took a timeout.

One more blast by Yeon-Koung Kim gave Korea match point and it ended shortly thereafter 25-23 when Fresco drilled a spike long.

Press Conference:

South Korea coach Hyung-Sil Kim: I would like to thank my team who played well and fought until the end. We played well in the first set but lost our concentration after that. If this match had gone to five sets we may have had a tought time.

Argentina coach Horacio Bastit: The first set was very bad for us. The Korean team is good and showed strong combination play. We could not catch up to them and I am disappointed.

Korea captain Se-Young Kim: Each set was tough on its own but we pulled together and concentrated for the win.

Korea player Yeon-Koung Kim: This was the last match of the World Cup and I was very physically exhausted. We were able to pull together and get the win.

Argentina player Emilce Sosa: We played bad in the first set. In the second and third sets we picked it up and played better.

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