NATIONAL

India stuns Korea

TIANJIN (China) Sept. 5. India caused the biggest upset on the first day of the 12th Asian men's volleyball championship on Friday, beating defending Asian champions South Korea 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22 and 17-15).

After splitting the first two sets of the Group B match, South Korea won six of the last seven points to take the third set. India trailed 6-3 early in the fourth set but surged back with a 13-7 run for a 16-13 advantage before taking the set after India's Jobi Joseph smashed home a ball to make it 24-22 before the 2.09-meter Y. Subba Rao teamed up with Shijas Mohammed for a blocking point and the set winner.

In the tie-breaker, the Indians withstood two match points to tie it at 15-15.

South Korean Suk Jin-wook smashed a ball out to give India its first match point which it converted with G. Pradeep's storming kill.

Other results: China bt Kazakhstan 3-0, Thailand bt Bahrain 3-1, Japan bt New Zealand 3-0, Iran bt Qatar 3-0.

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