GS Caltex celebrates its home opener with a win.
GS Caltex, coached by Cha Sang-hyun, got off to a crisp start to the season with a 3-0 카지노사이트(25-21, 25-22, 25-17) set victory over Jungkwanjang Red Sparks in the first round of the Dodram 2023-24 V-League Women’s Division at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on Tuesday.
GS Caltex’s Giselle Silva (real name Silva), making her V-League debut, made a strong impression with a team-high 30 points (three blocks and two serves). Kang So-hwi added 14 points, including three blocks. GS Caltex led 3-0 in serves and 10-20 in blocks.
Jungkwanjang, which swept IBK in its home opener on Nov. 17, failed to extend its winning streak. Megawatti Puttiwi (registered name Mega) scored 21 points, but Giovanna Milana (registered name Gia) had only eight points and other domestic players were not able to support her.
In the first set, GS Caltex scored four consecutive points from 1-3 with Kang So-hwi, Silva, and Han Soo-ji to take a 5-3 lead. Jung Kwan-jang followed with back-to-back points from Jia and Yeom Hye-sun to pull away. Three consecutive points from Mega tied the score at 5-5. She briefly lost the lead at 10-11, but Park Eun-jin’s mobile attack and Park Hye-min’s block gave her the lead again. At 12-12, attack points by Park Hye-min and Mega followed by a block by Jung Ho-young gave GS Caltex a 15-12 lead.
GS Caltex tied the score at 13-16 on a quick open by Silva and back-to-back blocks by Kang So-hwi and Han Su-ji. Jung Kwan-jang faltered at 16-16 after back-to-back attack errors by Jia. GS Caltex took a 20-point lead on a kill by Silva. Jung Kwan-jang struggled, but was unable to control Silva’s onslaught and GS Caltex took the first set with Silva’s points. Silva scored 12 points in the first set alone, with a 60% attack percentage.
After failing to find a groove in the offense in the early stages of the second set, Chung removed Yeom Hye-sun and inserted Kim Chae-na. GS Caltex took the lead in the second set at 7-7 with a kill from Silva and an attack error from Mega. Jia’s serve error and Dae-young Chung’s fastball gave GS Caltex an 11-8 lead. However, Chung was not done. Mega’s back-to-back attack points, Park Eun-jin’s block, and Mega’s attack points led to a comeback. Park Hye-min attacked and Mega scored a block. Jung Kwan-jang scored six consecutive points from 8-11 to make it 14-11. GS Caltex struggled to accumulate points due to a series of unfortunate plays.
However, an error by Jung Kwan-jang saved GS Caltex. At 13-17, Mega’s serve error and Jia’s attack error came in quick succession. At 16-18, Silva and Kang So-hwi combined for back-to-back points to regain the lead. Silva’s subsequent service ace gave her the first 20-point lead in the second set. However, Jung Kwan-jang tied the score at 20-20 with a late attack by Mega and a block by Park Eun-jin. The second set was fiercely contested.
At 20-20, the teams went back and forth, exchanging one point each. The winner was GS Caltex. At 22-22, Yoo Seo-yeon and Silva’s back-to-back quick opens were followed by three consecutive points on Silva’s block to take the second set.
The third set also went GS Caltex’s way. At 2-2, Silva’s back-to-back points gave them the lead. Jung Kwan-jang continued to struggle with the chemistry between Yeom Hye-sun and her attackers. Eventually, coach Ko Hee-jin made a change again, removing Yeom Hye-sun and inserting Ahn Yerim. It didn’t have much of an effect. They managed to pull within one point, but were unable to equalize.
GS Caltex continued to put pressure on Jung Kwan-jang as Silva continued her crazy performance. At 12-11, Silva’s attack kill, Jia’s attack error, and Silva’s kill made it 16-11 to win the third set. Jung Kwan-jang self-destructed with errors at crucial moments, while Silva and Kang So-hwi stepped up when GS Caltex needed to put up a solid score.
GS Caltex made it 21-14 with a block by Kim Ji-won and a service ace by Han Soo-jin. They didn’t give their opponents a chance to catch up and won the third set with a kill by Oh Se-yeon, ending the match with a 3-0 run.