On the 27th, Seoul Jangchung Gymnasium, where the 2022-2023 V-League 4th round confrontation between GS Caltex and Korea Expressway Corporation, a women’s professional volleyball game, was held . It was the last schedule of the 4th round ahead of the All-Star game scheduled for the 29th, and the two teams fighting fiercely for the middle ranks were in a fierce battle, so both commanders were determined to play this day.
Road Corporation coach Kim Jong-min said, “There is almost no point difference between the mid-ranking teams. Each game is important because it is on thin ice,” he said. “The schedule is especially difficult because we have to play the last game of round 4 and the first game of round 5. There is virtually no All-Star break, so I think I can afford it if I win today.” GS Caltex coach Sang-Hyun Cha also said, “Last season, the 1st to 3rd teams to advance to spring volleyball were decided early, so it was not fun. This season is going to be a lot of fun for the fans.” 토토사이트
The variable of this day’s game was the return of GS Caltex’s foreign player, MoMa. Mo Ma injured his left knee in the match against Hyundai Construction on the 20th, and did not appear in the match against Pepper Savings Bank on the 23rd. In MoMA’s absence, GS Caltex fell victim to Pepper Savings Bank’s second victory this season. In the meantime, the Korea Expressway Corporation jumped to third place by catching leading Hyundai E&C on the 24th. Director Cha said, “Today, MoMa is starting. I am not in 100% condition, but I am in a situation where I can play the game well enough.”
With MoMA’s return, both teams faced off with 100% of their strength, and from the first set, the word bloody battle unfolded. The lead by 7 points was about to turn over in an instant.
It was GS Caltex that took the lead. GS Caltex, which had been trailing 4-11 in the first set at one time, changed the atmosphere by replacing the shaky main setter Ahn Hye-jin and putting in backup setter Kim Ji-won. GS Caltex, which had been trailing 4-11, quickly overturned the game to 14-12, took a 24-19 lead, and seemed to win the match, but the Expressway Corporation’s tenacity toward 3rd place Suseong was also scary. Catbell’s back attack and blocking, Jung Dae-young’s open attack and Moma’s back attack were all tied together to tie the score 24-24 at once, leading the game to deuce. The moment the atmosphere was about to move to GS Caltex, GS Caltex’s native ace Kang So-hui’s quick open and catbal’s open attack escaped, and GS Caltex became the owner of the first set.
The second set was also a deuce match. In the first set of the second set, Road Corporation took a 7-2 lead, but GS Caltex caught up soon after and turned into a close match with a difference of one or two points. GS Caltex seemed to win two sets by exerting strength in the second half of the set, leading 24-21, but Expressway Corporation, like the first set, showed great concentration at the end of the set and created a 24-24 tie. In 25-25, Expressway Corporation’s setter Lee Yoon-jung scored Catbell’s dig with a witty 2-step passpainting, and Park Jung-ah blocked Moma’s back attack and turned the game around.
The third set, which seemed to decide the direction of the match, was also fiercely developed. After repeated one-step battles, it was GS Caltex that took the lead. In the 21-20, Yoo Seo-yeon’s quick open broke out, and as the rally continued with the persistent defense of both teams, the moment Kang So-hui’s center rear attack hit the road construction court, the heat in Jangchung Gymnasium heated up. Just as GS Caltex was about to win the set with a 24-21 lead, Korea Expressway Corporation’s deuce instinct burst out again. The main character is Park Jung-ah, “Clutch Park”, the native ace of the Korea Expressway Corporation. He succeeded in two quick-opens and blocking successively, leading the game to deuce. On 26-26, Park Jung-ah’s serve and GS Caltex Libero’s receive shook Da-hye Da-hye’s receiving and won a point, and then Dae-young Jeong blocked Moa’s back attack and overturned the set score to 2-1.
Highway Corporation, who had a thrilling victory in the previous set, drew attention to whether the 4th set would go easily, but this day was not an easy match. The fourth set was also a deuce. In the 4th set, GS Caltex set the mood first. MoMa and Kang So-hui’s sub-ace burst out, and Yoo Seo-yeon’s attack, which played the role of a native main gun in place of Kang So-hui, who was somewhat sluggish, also spewed fire and took the lead from the beginning of the set. It was not a road construction that would go away like this. In the middle of the set, ‘Volleyball Genius’ Yu-na Bae’s sensible play resulted in consecutive attacks and Park Jung-ah’s blocking and open attacks broke out, leading to a 16-16 tie and another close battle. In the second half of the 4th set, the score went up to 22-22 after repeated one-on-one battles. Park Jung-ah proved why her nickname is ‘Clutch Park’. He led the match point 24-23 with consecutive offensive points, and then scored a decisive tie even in a situation where he fell behind 24-25. GS Caltex also led the game further with Yoo Seo-yeon’s great success, but the road construction was a step behind on this day. Park Jung-ah’s quick open broke out at 30-30, and at the following match point, Yoo Seo-yeon’s attack, which had been very active throughout the match, went out of the court without being touched by the blocker, and the victory was decided by the road construction.
The road construction, which was caught with a set score of 3-1 (24-26 27-25 28-26 33-31) in a close match with each set deuce, won 2 consecutive wins and at the same time took 3 points and scored 38 points (13-11). KGC Ginseng Corporation (35 points, 11 wins and 13 losses) in 4th place and GS Caltex (33 points, 11 wins and 13 losses) in 5th place occupied a more advantageous position in the fight for third place.
Park Jung-ah, who proved her nickname of Clutch Park, became the number one contributor to the team’s victory by scoring 29 points. Catbell, who was facing off against Park Jung-ah, also scored 30 points and won the day. GS Caltex played a big role with Moma, who returned from injury, scoring 33 points and Yoo Seo-yeon, 24 points, but had to cry for lack of support.