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SKorea reaches Olympic volleyball semifinals

Tuesday - 8/7/2012, 6:26pm  ET

By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer

LONDON (AP) - Kim Yeon-koung scored 28 points and South Korea surprised Italy 3-1 Tuesday night to advance to an Olympic semifinal match against the U.S. women's volleyball team.

The top-ranked U.S. women swept the Dominican Republic in an earlier quarterfinal. Brazil and Japan will play in the other semifinal on Thursday.

Fourth-ranked Italy, which was among the favorites heading into the games, came out strong but ultimately couldn't keep up with the quick No. 15 South Koreans, who won it 18-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18.

The South Korean players linked arms and spun around in circles on the court to celebrate the victory.


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