Ojansivu scores 29 points as Finland see off Korea


Finland team celebrates after a victory

Osaka, Japan, June 18, 2016 - Olli-Pekka Ojansivu scored match high 29 points - including 8 in the tiebreaker - paving the way for Finland's victory over Korea 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 27-29, 19-25, 19-17) in World League 2016 Group 2 tournament in Japan.

Finland recovered well from their heavy defeat on the first day against Japan marking their 50th victory in the World League. Korea’s last victory in this competition dates from 14 June 2015.

At the beginning of the match both teams were trading points, but at the second technical timeout it was Finland who established a small advantage to evetually take the set 25-22.

In the early stages of set two Ojansivu sent two aces as his team enjoyed a comfortable 8-1 lead at the first technical timeout. Even if Korea managed to reduced the gap to three points only later on, the Fins kept their nerves calm and took the set 25-20.

In set three both teams went head to head and no team could establish any significant lead. Finally Korea snatched the victory 29-27 avoiding to loose the game in straight sets. The Asian team caried his good performance over to the next set which helped them to register a comfortable win 25-18.

In the decider the teams entertained the fans with a real thriller trading the points until the late stages. Finally Ojansivu pulled a block off on Korean players granting his team the victory 19-17.


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