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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 10, 2016 - Korea shut out Argentina 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-23) for Pool A to stay on track for a ticket to the women's volleyball quarterfinals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Speared on by usual suspect Kim Yeon-Koung who emerged top scorer of the game with 19 points, Korea simply outplayed Argentina across the board, although in the end they didn't seem absolutely satisfied with what they do best -defending.

The result sees Russia mathematically through to the quarterfinals, where they join USA who had earlier sealed their ticket through Pool B. Hosts and defending champions Brazil can also qualify if they beat Japan later today.

Korea have now gone 2-1, one win away from a ticket to the quarterfinals, leaving Argentina winless after three matches.

Argentina tried to react in the third set when Korea relaxed on their 2-0 lead, and even briefly led by as many as four points at 11-15. Korea were first to reach match point at 24-22, but Mimi Sosa attacked to cancel the first one before a kill by Kim Yeon-Koung closed the game in three.

Press Conference:

Korea coach Lee Jungchul was pleased with his team’s offence but admitted that they still needed more work on their defence after almost losing the third set to Argentina on Wednesday.

Lee Jungchul, coach of Korea:

We are close to the quarterfinals, but we are aware that we still need to look after our next matches. I am glad that Kim Heejin, Yang Hyojin, Kim Yeon-Koung’s did well on offence. However, our reception was very weak, so we will work on our defence and continue to do better.

Kim Yeon-Koung, captain of Korea:

I am very happy for this victory over Argentina. However, we did not do as good as we did against Japan. I will try my best to continue striving for the victories. Our reception was a little bit shaky. We were trying to play at the same level as our opponents and that affected our rhythm.

We all know that Brazil are powerful opponents and have won consecutive gold medals. So we need to work on our serve and our reception. We all know that Brazil are very strong, so we will try to get through this.

Yamila Nizetich, captain of Argentina:

I think we played well in the second set and we played in the third set better. We did not execute our defence and offence better, so we will try to work on these aspects for our next match.

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