Patience pays off as Kosheleva leads Russia to win over Korea


Tatiana Koshelava celebrates Russian win over Korea at Rio 2016.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 8, 2016 - Russia found the patience they needed for their scoring power to eventually wear down Korea's defending skills and come away with a well-deserved 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14) win in the women's volleyball tournament of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The win sees the reigining European champions remain undefeated in Pool A after two matches. Korea are 1-1.

Russia blew a great chance to go two sets up, when they allowed Korea to score six straight points at 23-19 in the second. With Yang Hyo Jin creating all sorts of problems from the service line (including two direct aces) Korea rallied back to tie the overall score at 1-1.

They didn't make that mistake twice, though, and led by Tatiana Kosheleva who scored 22 points, including a 57% attacking efficiency (17/30) and four aces, Russia persevered until Korea ran out of steam in the fourth.

Nataliya Goncharova was joint top scorer of the game with 22 points. Korea's Kim Yeon-Koung was restricted to 20, as Russia overwhelmed the blocking 14 stuffs to 6 and serving 12 aces (including 5 from Irina Voronkova) to 7.

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