GS Caltex, which was revived from the edge of a cliff, faced another hurdle.
Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on the 5th, where the 5th round of the 2022-2023 season Dodram V-League GS Caltex and Pepper Savings Bank was held. GS Caltex coach Sang-Hyun Cha announced the news of the injury of outside hitter Choi Eun-ji (31).
Choi Eun-ji was diagnosed with a left medial ligament tear for 4 weeks. Coach Cha explained, “Choi Eun-ji left the team with many injuries,” and then confessed, “I’m having a bit of a hard season.”
Outside hitter Choi Eun-ji, 182 cm tall, debuted as a pro after being selected as a priority for the new team of IBK Industrial Bank of Korea in the 2011-2012 season, and made her home at GS Caltex last season. In his first season after the transfer, he played in 26 matches (46 sets), scored 60 points, and had an attack success rate of 36.24%. He has played 18 games (50 sets) this season and is recording 87 points and an attack success rate of 38.89%.
Bad news hit GS Caltex, which is in the midst of competition for the mid-ranking position. As Choi Eun-ji, who performed well as a substitute, left, the rest of the outside hitters, including Kang So-hui, Yu Seo-yeon, and Kwon Min-ji, felt heavy on their shoulders.
GS Caltex, which had been mired in three consecutive losses before the game with Pepper Savings Bank on this day, was in a disadvantageous position in the competition to advance to spring volleyball in 5th place. Coach Cha expressed his frustration, saying, “It’s a situation where we have to go tight in the battle for points, but overall our condition is poor.”
However, GS Caltex reaped a clean shutout victory against Pepper Savings Bank even without Choi Eun-ji. Foreign player Moma showed off her firepower with 23 points, the most of both teams, and an attack success rate of 58.82%, and Kang So-hui (13 points) and Yoo Seo-yeon (10 points) also played an active part.
Cha breathed a sigh of relief after the game, saying, “If we had a bad result today, it would have been more difficult. Choi Eun-ji, who watched the game from the stands, smiled broadly at the team’s victory.
GS Caltex (36 points), which harvested 3 points, rose to 4th place and saved the fire to advance to spring volleyball. The gap with the 3rd place Korea Expressway Corporation (44 points) was narrowed to 8 points. With 10 regular league games left, the possibility of advancing to the semi-playoffs, which can be achieved if the difference between third place and points is 3 or less, has been increased. 스포츠토토
Although GS Caltex has overcome the hurdle, it immediately starts a forced march. After playing an away game against Korea Expressway Corporation on the 9th, they will play a home game against KGC Ginseng Corporation on the 12th. It is a burdensome schedule to meet mid-level competing teams one after another.
The upcoming two games are expected to be a watershed that will determine the direction of spring volleyball. Coach Cha emphasized, “If we miss these two games, I don’t think the prospects for this season will be very bright.”
Amid the bad news of Choi Eun-ji’s departure, it is important to manage the rest of the players’ stamina. Coach Cha said, “First of all, raising the team atmosphere is the first priority.