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Silva’s firepower halts GS Caltex’s much-vaunted corporate banking winning streak

Women’s professional volleyball team GS Caltex rode the firepower of Giselle Silva to halt IBK’s winning streak.

GS Caltex came from behind to win the Dodram 2023-24 V-League Women’s Second Round home match against IBK 3-1 (19-25 25-19 25-22 25-20) at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on Monday.

Silva was the star of the show for GS Caltex. Silva poured in a team-high 35 points, including two aces and one block, to lead her team to victory.

Outside hitters Kang So-hwi (17 points) and Yoo Seo-yeon (11 points) also contributed double-digit points.

GS Caltex secured 22 points (8-4), pulling within one point of second-place Hyundai E&C (23-7), which has played one less game. At the same time, the gap with fourth-placed Jungkwanjang (16-5 W-7 L) widened to six points.

Enterprise Bank, which saw its two-game winning streak come to an end, remained in fifth place (14-5 W, 7 L).

While Brittany Abercrombie (registered name Abercrombie) led the way with 25 points and middle blocker Jung-min Choi had a match-high 18 points, the rest of the wing attackers’ offense was a bit lackluster.

Choi was responsible for nine of the team’s 12 blocks on the night. The nine blocks are tied for the fourth-most in a single game in program history. The top spot in this category is held by Kim Se-young (retired), who recorded 12 against GS Caltex on February 8, 2017, while playing for Hyundai E&C.

It was a good start for IBK. They took the first set thanks to Choi Jung-min’s eight points, including three blocks.

However, GS Caltex turned the tide when Silva’s offense came alive. After a lackluster first set with three points and a 17.6 percent attack percentage, Silva turned things around with 11 points in the second set.

GS Caltex took the third set and moved closer to victory. At 20-19, Silva’s back-attack and an opponent’s error combined to widen the gap.

At 24-22, Kang So-hwi broke through Abercrombie’s block with a quick opener to take the set 2-1.

Silva’s offense was on fire in the fourth set. She tormented IBK with 13 kills and a 61% attack percentage.

At 22-20, Silva scored the final three points to seal the match.

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