The game was so close that the magic of the fluorescent court faded. GS Caltex goes home with a point despite the loss.
On Tuesday, Hyundai E&C defeated GS Caltex 3-2 (30-28, 21-25, 25-16, 17-25, 18-16) in the fourth round of the 2023-24 Dodram V-League Women’s Division at Suwon Indoor Gymnasium.
The full-set match between 안전 토토사이트 Hyundai E&C and GS Caltex came 356 days after their last meeting on January 20, during the 22-23 season. The match lasted 2 hours, 22 minutes and 142 minutes.
Silva struggled in the first set with a 17% success rate, but a second-half power surge pushed his percentage to over 50%. This led to a 36-point explosion, but it was not enough as the team fell.
For GS Caltex, it was a disappointing but rewarding victory. They inserted outside hitter Kwon Min-ji as a middle blocker, who totaled 12 points and five points from blocking. However, a series of unforced errors in the second half hindered the team and made the game a waste of time.
In the post-match interview, GS Caltex head coach Cha Sang-hyun said, “Overall, we have a long way to go, so one point is important. Even though the finish of the game was a little disappointing, I’m satisfied with the content,” he said. “(Kwon) Min-ji was inserted as a middle blocker for the first time in a long time, and we worked out a plan together and moved a little bit, but he accepted it well and we had a plan. If we can reinforce a little more here, it will be fine.”
GS Caltex made a few changes to its starting lineup against Hyundai E&C, including Kwon Min-ji and Choi Eun-ji. “Every game is important, but I think the game against IBK on Saturday is the most important game in the fourth round,” said Cha. “I was thinking about how to start and decided it was okay to make changes. I’m a little worried about my physical condition, but I’ll manage it as best I can and prepare for the match.”
Kwon Min-ji, who started as a middle blocker, is expected to continue to excel in that position. Cha emphasized that her energy is something the team needs, saying, “She expressed her desire to be a little bigger as an outside hitter, so we developed her in that position. It’s a long story, but we talked about the fact that many players will be coming into the Asia Quarter System next year, so we need to think about the position, and he understood.”
Meanwhile, GS Caltex will face off against IBK IBK at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on March 13.