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A bowed head: “I have nothing to say, I’m sorry to the fans”

The women’s professional volleyball team tasted the bitterness of its first back-to-back losses of the season. It was an inexcusable defeat as the defense and offense, both of which are her strengths, faltered.

The team lost 0-3 (25-27 19-25 15-25) in three sets against GS Caltex in the second round of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on Thursday.

Head coach Ko Hee-jin said after the loss, “Overall, it was a complete loss that I have nothing to say. I apologize to the fans who love our team,” he said, adding, “We will prepare better to avoid such matches in the future.”

Coach Ko Hee-jin made a gamble by starting Lee Sun-woo, who has more offensive capabilities, instead of Park Hye-min at the position of apogee spiker. Although Lee has a weakness in receiving, the team focused on strengthening their offense rather than their defense.

However, Lee had an unsatisfactory performance on defense and offense. With four points and a 30 percent attack rate, he fell short of expectations. The team’s receivers were also unable to overcome GS Caltex’s intense offense.

The overall performance of the team was also difficult to give a good score. They couldn’t protect a 22-19 lead late in the first set and gave up a 22-22 tie. In the 25-25 deuce match, Silva and Yoo Seo-yeon scored back-to-back points to give GS Caltex the first set.

Jung Kwan-jang fell apart from there. In the second set, she was completely overwhelmed by GS Caltex’s Zupo Silva, who scored 14 points. Coach Ko Hee-jin instructed the team to adjust their defensive positioning to stop Silva during the game, but it didn’t work.

The team failed to rebound in the third set. From the beginning of the third set, the score gradually widened and the momentum was completely in GS Caltex’s favor. In the end, the team fell to their knees after the shutout loss and prepared for the next game with a heavy heart.

Not only did the team lose for the second straight game, but they also failed to accumulate points for the second consecutive game. They were unable to get past GS Caltex after losing the set score 1-3 (26-28 26-24 21-25 16-25) against Hyundai E&C on the 9th after committing 30 unforced errors. It was also disappointing to see another shutout loss following their first meeting of the season against GS Caltex on March 20.

Jung Kwan-jang fell apart from there. In the second set, she was completely overwhelmed by GS Caltex’s Zupo Silva, who scored 14 points. Coach Ko Hee-jin instructed the team to adjust their defensive positioning to stop Silva during the game, but it didn’t work.

The team failed to rebound in the third set. From the beginning of the third set, the score gradually widened and the momentum was completely in GS Caltex’s favor. In the end, the team fell to their knees after the shutout loss and prepared for the next game with a heavy heart.

Not only did the team lose for the second straight game, but they also failed to accumulate points for the second consecutive game. They were unable to get past GS Caltex after losing the set score 1-3 (26-28 26-24 21-25 16-25) against Hyundai E&C on 먹튀검증 the 9th after committing 30 unforced errors. It was also disappointing to see another shutout loss following their first meeting of the season against GS Caltex on March 20.

“We kept telling our players during the match how to stop GS Caltex Silva, but we didn’t execute well due to lack of preparation,” reflected Ko Hee-jin.

“Our players are having a hard time recovering after losing a set in a close match,” he said. “We did a lot of off-season preparation, but it’s hard when it happens one after another. We need to fix it as soon as possible so that we can overcome it.”

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