Korea surprise Netherlands with different setter


Seoul, Korea, July 3, 2016 - Korea managed a 3-2 (25-16, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 18-16) victory at home over the Netherlands in their last FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 game.

Kim Namsung, coach of Korea: "I think the Netherlands are technically the best team among the ones we met. I communicated with Park Kiwon, a former national team coach, to get some information. I substituted Kim Hak-Min for Choi Hong-Suk because of Kim Hak-Min’s bad condition. However, he wanted to play at the end of the game.  I also predict a bright future for Korean volleyball through Jung Jiseok."

Gido Vermeulen, coach of the Netherlands: "First, congratulations to Korea! They had beautiful defense today. It was nice to play against them. We did our best at the end of the game. However, we made many mistakes in the fourth set. Korea made a good choice of a setter today. It was really  a different style and I think Jung Jiseok is a great player."

Han Sunsoo, captain of Korea: "I expected that today’s match would be hard. However, we thought that this match would be the last game so we tried to play easily. I think the spiritual strength was just the motivational power needed for the victory. Due to the jetlag and the different schedule, it was physically hard to adapt quickly."

Jasper Diefenbach, captain of the Netherlands: "I believe that it is not easy to play for three weeks. However, Korea played very well. It was a really good experience to play against a different style. We did our best, but we made many errors today."


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