‘No. 4’ GS Caltex reignites spring volleyball flame with win over IBK Kookmin Bank

GS Caltex, the third-ranked women’s professional volleyball team, kept its spring volleyball hopes alive by defeating IBK IBK.

GS Caltex swept IBK IBK in straight sets, 3-0 (25-23 25-19 25-22), in the sixth round of the Dodram 2023-24 V-League Women’s Division at Jangchung Gymnasium 토토사이트 순위 on Friday.

With the three points, fourth-ranked GS Caltex snapped a four-game losing streak and improved its record to 17-14 W, 48 points, closing the gap on third-ranked Jungkwanjang (17-14 W, 53 points) to five points.

The V-League will hold semi-playoffs if the difference in points between third and fourth place is three points or less. GS Caltex needs to narrow the gap to three points or less in its remaining five games to qualify for the semifinals.

On the other hand, fifth-ranked IBK (14 W, 17 L, 44 PTS) could have moved up to fourth place and boosted its spring volleyball hopes with a win over GS Caltex and three more points on the day, but the result was a futile loss.

With the loss, IBK finished the season with a 2-4 record against GS Caltex.

The star of GS Caltex’s victory was foreign outside hitter Giselle Silva (real name Silva). Silva was the team’s go-to player on the night, scoring 28 points and shooting 60 percent from the field. Homegrown ace Kang So-hwi also chipped in with 12 points.

New AsiaQuarter signing Darin Pinsuwan (real name Darin), a Thai international, also had nine points, including three blocked shots, in her V-League debut.

IBK was led by Brittany Abercrombie (20 points) and Pyo Seung-ju (15 points), but the absence of starting setter Ponpoon Gerfard (née Ponpoon) was sorely missed.

She was substituted at the end of the first set with hand pain and never returned to the court. Kim Ha-kyung stepped in at setter in her absence, but the offense didn’t flow naturally.

In the men’s match at the Ansan Sangroksoo Gymnasium, home team OK Financial Group swept last-place KB Insurance in straight sets, 3-0 (25-20 25-16 25-21), to regain third place (17 wins, 14 losses, 50 points).

Senior outside hitter Leonardo Leyva Martinez (registered name Leo) led the offense with a team-high 22 points, including two block assists and three service aces. His attack success rate reached 60.71%. Asian quarterback Bayarsaihan also chipped in with 11 points, including four blocks.

With the loss, last-place (7th) KB Insurance snapped a nine-game losing streak.

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