Cheonan, Korea, June 7, 2015 - An inspired performance from Jae-Duck Seo led Korea to their first victory of the 2015 World League with a 3-1 (27-29, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21) win over Czech Republic on Sunday.
Yesterday's match between the two sides ended in a thrilling tie-breaker and today's opening set was every bit as exciting. Korea were in the lead for much of the set, at one point leading 19-14. The visitors, led by David Konecny, managed to pull themselves back into the set saving a set point to tie the game at 24-all. It was the Czechs who prevailed in the exciting finish winning 29-27.
The home side were determined to level things up again in the following set. Booming serves and powerful spikes from Jae-Duck Seo helped Korea control the game and quickly snatch the set. The following set saw neither team able to break away until an ace from Shin and Baranek's error in attack gave Korea a 20-17 advantage. Jae-Duck Seo continued his commanding performance and led his team to a 25-20 victory.
Both sides started the fourth set well with the score level at 8-all. At this point the visitors began failing in reception giving Korea the break they needed. The home side quickly closed out the match, taking the final set, 25-21. Jae-Duck Seo with 25 points and Myung-Geun Song with 20 scored nearly a half of their team's points to lead Korea to their first win of their 2015 World League campaign.
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