Kim Yeon-koung, who didn’t see action against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, was deployed in the starting six for the first time when the Koreans swept erstwhile unbeaten Kazakhstan 25-21, 26-24, 25-10 in the final day of the quarterfinals classification round.
The London Olympics Most Valuable Player uncorked 18 points on top of 16 digs and five receptions for South Korea to top Pool E with a clean 3-0 mark.
Hwang Mink-young added 12 markers for the Koreans.
Yang Hyo-jin churned out six points in two sets before she was stretchered out late in the third set after an awkward landing that resulted to minor lower back injury.
Kazakhstan slid to a 2-1 record to finish second in Pool E.
On the other hand, Japan brushed off a shaky start to emerge on top of Pool F as it handed Thailand its first defeat in four sets 22-25, 25-20, 25–22, 26-24 Monday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan City, Laguna.
It pulled off a complete team effort to deny the Thais.
Last year’s Asian Women’s Club Championship Most Valuable Player (MVP) Sarina Koga paced the assault for the Japanese, delivering 26 points off 23 attacks.