Women’s professional volleyball team GS Caltex has won its opening two matches in a row, led by a strong performance from foreign player Giselle Silva (nee Giselle).
GS Caltex defeated IBK Kookmin Bank 3-1 (25-22 15-25 25-22 25-20) in straight sets in the 2023-24 Dodram V League Women’s Division at Hwaseong Gymnasium on Thursday.
GS Caltex, which has won two straight matches after opening the season, improved to 6 points.
IBK, on the other hand, has lost three straight matches after failing to accumulate a single point in its opening three matches.
GS Caltex’s Öin Silva led the way with a game-high 33 points for both teams. Kang So-hwi also chipped in with 13 points and Yoo Seo-yeon with nine.
For IBK, Brittany Abecrombie (real name Abecrombie) led the way with 30 points and Pyo Seung-ju had 13 points, but the team’s efforts faded in the loss.
GS Caltex held the lead in the first set before back-to-back errors tied the score at 21-21. However, Silva’s offense kept the lead, and after an opponent error, he scored three consecutive points to take set point. At 24-22, Silva again converted the quick opener to take the first set.
GS Caltex was unable to stop Abercrombie’s offense in the second set and committed many unforced errors, easily taking the set 15-25. The set score was 1-1.
However, the team came back to win the decisive third set. At 12-11, GS Caltex scored four consecutive points, including attack points from Moon Jiyoon and Silva, and held off a late charge from Abercrombie to win the set 25-22.
With momentum on their side, GS Caltex closed out the match in the fourth set. From a narrow 17-16 lead, GS Caltex scored the next four points, including an attack point by Yoo Seo-yeon and a service ace by Han Soo-jin, to break IBK’s will.
OK Financial Group defeated KB Insurance 3-2 (19-25 25-23 17-25 25-20 15-11) in a tight full-set match in the men’s competition at Uijeongbu Gymnasium.
With the opening two wins, OK Financial Group improved to 5 points. KB Insurance improved to 1-2 (3 points).
OK Financial led the offense with 29 points 토토 from gunslinger Leonardo Leyva Martinez (real name Leo), followed by Bayarsayhan with 11 points and Park Seung-soo and Chae Ji-hwan with nine points.
For KB Insurance, Andres Biyena (real name Biyena) scored a game-high 32 points but could not save his team.
Outside hitter Hwang Kyung-min scored 20 points, but the lack of depth cost them.