Heungkuk Sinsang’s 10-game winning streak came to an end at home, and GS Caltex’s victory over the team came nearly 10 months after their last meeting in the sixth round of the 22-23 season. Their last win over Heungkuk was a 3-2 victory in the sixth round of the previous season.
On September 9, GS Caltex defeated Heungkuk Saengsang 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 27-25, 25-19) in the third round of the 바카라사이트 2023-24 Dodram V-League Women’s Division at Samsan Gymnasium in Incheon.
GS Caltex snapped Heungkuk Life’s nine-game winning streak and earned its first win over the team this season. Heungkuk Life had won the first and second round matchups in shutout fashion.
Silva was the top scorer with 27 points (44.83% offensive success rate), followed by Kang So-hwi with 19 points.
GS Caltex accumulated three points for the victory and secured third place with 25 points, further widening the gap between them and Jung Kwanjang (fourth place, 20 points).
Heungkuk Life struggled in the first set as Yelena’s attack was blocked and her reception collapsed. After Yelena’s error tied the game at 4-4, GS Caltex took the lead. Heungkuk Life suffered from unstable connection as libero Do Soo-bin’s reception was shaky. Kim Yeon-kyung also had a shaky start, often missing her defense.
Kim Mi-yeon and other domestic players failed to score and Heungkuk Life fell behind 10-15. Afterward, Kim Yeon-kyung tried to catch up by scoring two consecutive points with difficulty, but Bum Sil caught her foot again. After reaching the 20-point mark for the first time, GS Caltex took the game 25-20 with a quick opener from Kang So-hwi.
In the second set, GS Caltex let their guard down. They committed nine unforced errors, giving Heungkuk Life a chance to fight back.
Silva started with a net error and ended with an attack out on a back-attack lineover. Meanwhile, Kim Yeon-kyung’s back-row attack, Kim Mi-yeon’s quick opener, and Reina’s serve brought Heungkuk Saints within five points.
Kang So-hwi’s attacking bomb put Heungkuk Sinsang over the 20-point mark for the first time. With a 23-16 lead, Kim Yeon-kyung scored two straight points to take the set, 25-16. Silva had six of her nine errors in the second set alone.
In the third set, a watershed moment in the match, the teams battled back and forth. GS Caltex jumped out to an 18-12 lead after a Silva kill, but Yelena and Lee Ju-ah quickly pulled within two points. Kim Soo-ji, who was replaced by Reina, scored two straight points to bring the game back to even. After reaching 24-24 deuce, Silva came to the rescue, scoring three points to make it 27-25.
Demoralized, Heungkuk Life slowed down significantly in the fourth set. GS Caltex used Kang So-hwi to bombard the opponent’s court in the fourth set and ended the match 25-19.