GS CALTEX REACHES SECOND CONSECUTIVE PRO VOLLEYBALL CUP FINAL, SEEKS SIXTH TITLE
SEOUL, South Korea (Yonhap) — GS Caltex has qualified for the finals of the 2023 Gumi Dodram Cup Professional Volleyball Competition (Cup).GS Caltex defeated Hyundai E&C 3-1 (23-25 25-23 25-17 25-20) in straight sets in the semifinals of the 바카라사이트 Cup at the Park Jung-hee Gymnasium in Gumi, Gyeong sangbuk-do, on Thursday.GS Caltex, which qualified as the second-ranked team in Group B (2-1), defeated Hyundai E&C, the first-ranked team in Group A (3-1), for a chance to win its second consecutive Cup title after last year’s tournament in Suncheon.GS Caltex is also the most decorated team in the women’s competition (5 wins). Second in the category is Hyundai E&C with four wins.GS Caltex took control of the match in the second set.After dropping the first set, GS Caltex was down 18-21 in the second set .However, they recovered a point with a timed attack by Kwon Min-ji and narrowed the gap further with an attack error by HCE’s Jeong Ji-yoon.GS Caltex tied the set at 21-21 when Jeong’s quick open went out of bounds.GS Caltex then took the lead for good at 22-21 with an open attack from ace Kang So-hwi after a center attack from Hyundai E&C middle blocker Yang Hyo-jin was defended .A service ace by Yoo Seo-yeon gave GS Caltex a 23-21 lead .Kang So-hwi made set point with a quick opener at 23-22 and ended the set with a quick opener at 24-23.In the third set, Kang’s firepower shone through. At 11-11, Kang broke the balance with an open attack and then blocked Kim Joo-hyang’s open attack to even the score. The scene was repeated twice afterward, with Moon Ji-yoon shaking the Hyundai E&C receiving line with a strong serve and Kang So-hwi finishing with an attack. A block by Kang So-hwi and Oh Se-yeon and a service ace by Moon Ji-yoon gave GS Caltex an 18-11 lead and solidified the win.GS Caltex took the lead in the fourth set at 13-13, scoring three straight points on a block by Kang So-hwi, a kill by Hwang Yeon-joo, and a quick opener by Yoo Seo-yeon. Kang finished with a game-high 23 points for both teams .Choi Eun-ji left early in the second set with a sprained right ankle, but wing players Yoo Seo-yeon (14 points) and Moon Ji-yoon (14 points) helped Kang So-hwi. Hyundai E&C was unable to capitalize on its height advantage and was outscored 4-11 by GS Caltex in 바카라사이트 blocked shots.After losing to GS Caltex in the semifinals of last year’s Suncheon Cup, Hyundai E&C was blocked by GS Caltex in Gumi this year and failed to reach the final.