The Korea National Under-19 (U-19) Men’s Volleyball Team finished third at the FIVB U-19 World Championship for the first time in 30 years. The U-19 team, coached by Kim Jang-bin, won the bronze medal after defeating the USA 3-1 (25-18 25-19 21-25 25-23) in the third-place match in San Juan, Argentina, on 12 December. The Koreans, who narrowly missed out on a place in the final after losing to Iran with a set score of 1-3 on the 11th, played a dominant match against the Americans from the first set. At 14-12, middle blocker Jang Eun-seok (Sokcho High School) succeeded in blocking a centre pass and a block, and then extended the lead with an opponent attack error .After taking the first set, Korea continued their momentum in the second set. They extended their lead in the middle of the set with focused play to take the set 2-0.South Korea looked to have lost the third set, but bounced back to take a close fourth set .Korea took the lead in the fourth set at 23-21 when outside hitter Lee Woo-jin (Kyungbuk Cheongo) made a shaky serve receive and scored on a direct hit. After allowing back-to-back points, Korea trailed 24-23 before a USA service error sealed the match. Captain Yoon Seo-jin (Soosung High) led the team with 17 points, followed by 카지노사이트 Lee Woo-jin with 15 and Jang Eun-seok with 11.”It’s been a long time since Korea has won a medal at the U-19 World Championship, so I’m very happy to be able to achieve this,” Yoon told FIVB after the match .Libero Kang Seung-il (Korean Air) was named Best Receiver of the tournament .It’s been 30 years since South Korea finished in the top three at the tournament, with a bronze medal in Istanbul in 1993.Back then, South Korea won a medal thanks to the efforts of Choi Tae-woong (now head coach of Hyundai Capital), Seok Jin-wook (former head coach of OK Financial Group) and Jang Byung-chul (former head coach of KEPCO).France won the title after defeating Iran 3-1 in straight sets.

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