Gamova has been one of the main stars so far showing that team Russia really doesn’t want to let this last chance for a ticket to London get away. In the last two matches Russia beat Cuba and Peru once again in straight sets and our FIVB Hero was the main scorer in both games, leading her team to the top of standings.
But Gamova is not the only FIVB Hero shining in Japan. Jovana Brakocevic from Serbia and Yeon-Koung Kim from Korea put on a pretty good show for the fans in their face-off on the third day of competition. The game was highly anticipated by all volleyball followers. In first set, Serbia was dealt a nasty blow, as their middle blocker, Milena Rasic, twisted her ankle and had to leave the court. But Jovana didn’t let her team give up. And after losing the first set, she lead her girls to victory, 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20) scoring 22 points. Despite the defeat, FIVB Hero Yeon-Koung Kim showed her best volleyball, scoring an individual 30 points.
And the Brakocevic and Kim show resumed the very next day. Jovana and team Serbia pulled off an important victory against Cuba in straight sets, while Kim had to face Japan with FIVB Heroes Yoshie Takeshita and Saori Kimura and a gym packed with enthusiastic fans. The duo of Takeshita and Kimura, had won all matches so far without dropping a single set, but even they weren’t able to stop a sensational Kim on the night. With a incredible tally of 34 points, Kim silenced the home team, giving Korea a 3-1 victory (25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 25-13).
At the end of the match she said: “Today’s match was very meaningful for us. By winning we are one step closer to a ticket to the London Games. We have to win one match at a time, so in this sense it was very important. Japan’s defence is famous worldwide. We watched videos to study their system and it worked for us”.
At the half way point in the competition there is still so much more action to come. So stay tuned to FIVBheroes.com to discover which FIVB Heroes will stand out!