South Korea deal second blow to US

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The Independent Online
South Korea yesterday gave the United States women's volleyball team its second defeat in 17 hours. The Koreans beat the Americans in straight sets of their consolation game, avenging a 3-1 defeat on Sunday. The score was 15-12, 15-5, 15-11.

The Americans were forced into the consolation bracket after having their medal hopes crushed by Cuba on Tuesday night in a 15-1, 15-10, 15-12 quarter- final defeat. "Our heart, unfortunately, was kind of split in two in the match last night," the US coach, Terry Liskevych, said.

The Americans took leads of 5-0 and 11-7 in the first set, but Korea took eight of the final nine points. Korea then dominated, using two seven- point streaks to win the second game. In the third, the Koreans led 10-4 before Team USA made a late run to pull up to 11-10.

In winning, South Korea qualified to play for the fifth-place match against the Netherlands.