SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ South Korea recovered from an awful start to defeat struggling Peru 3-1.
Ku Min-Jung and Chang So-Yun came up with the big shots late in the decisive third game, and South Korea went on to a 19-25, 25-19, 30-28, 25-17 victory Friday (Thursday night EDT).
The South Koreans (3-1) pulled even with Cuba for second place in Group B, although Cuba has the tiebreaker with an edge in the won-lost ratio.
Peru (0-4), which had not won a game in its three previous lopsided losses, scored the first three points of the match and kept its momentum going.
The South Koreans are known for their defensive work ethic, but it was Peru that made the saves from the backcourt and built a 17-13 lead. South Korea got in just 25 percent of its kill attempts.
South Korea rallied to win the second game easily, and the teams went back and forth through the third. Peru had a game point but was called for a net touch to force a 24-all tie.
The South Koreans won a key point with two fantastic fingertip saves on one play to go ahead 25-24. Peru withstood four match points, but South Korea put the game away on consecutive hits by Ku and Chang.
The Peruvians tried to come back, getting within 14-12 in the fourth game, but they could get no closer.