South Korea and the Netherlands draw first blood in the opening games of the women’s tournament of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Saturday in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The South Korea Women’s volleyball team defeated the 2012 London Olympic bronze medalist Japan in four hard fought set with a score of 25-19, 15-25, 17-25 and 21-25.
The South Korean showcase their explosive attacks and superb blocking to open the women’s volleyball tournament of 2016 Rio Olympics, led by the reigning 2012 London Olympics Most Valuable Player Kim Yeon Koung who scored a total of 30 points, 28 from spikes and 2 from blocks. Yang Hyo Jin and Jaeyeong Lee also help the team with 21 points and 11 points, respectively.
On the other side of the court, Japan unable to run their plays because of the faulty service reception and errors from the attacks, service and blockings. Miyu Nagaoka led the Japanese team who scored a total of 19 points all coming from attacks. Team Captain Saori Kimura scored a total of 12 points, 11 from attacks and 1service ace.
Meanwhile on the second game of the tournament, Netherlands defeated China in five thrilling set to get their first win in their first appearance since 1996 Summer Olympics.
The Netherlands outlast the Chinese squad with a score of 23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 22-25 and 13-15 draw first blood in the Pool B of the preliminary round.
Opposite spiker, Lonneke Sloetjes let the Netherlands with a total score of 26 points, 24 from attacks and 2 blocks. Anne Buijs also help the team with a total score of 14 points, 13 from attacks and 1 block.
The Chinese squad on the other hand, failed to stop Sloetjes most especially in the latter part of the fourth set and during the fifth set. The Phenomenal outside spiker, Zhu Ting led the Chinese team with a total score of 24 points, 21 from attacks, 2 blocks and 1 service ace.
The epic battles continues for the Women’s Volleyball Tournament of the 2016 Rio Olympics today that will feature the defending Olympic champion Brazil go up against Cameroon, followed by the game between the last Olympic silver medalist USA versus Puerto Rico.