‘Pleasant Finish’ Coach Cha Sang-hyun: “We needed a win more than ‘I lost’…”

GS Caltex head coach Cha Sang-hyun beamed with satisfaction after his team’s last two matches before the All-Star break were marked by back-to-back come-from-behind victories.

GS Caltex won a 3-1 (26-28 25-21 27-25 25-21) set victory over Heungkuk Life in the Dodram 2023-24 V League Women’s Division on Sunday at Jangchung Gymnasium in Jung-gu, Seoul.

GS Caltex, which had previously come back from the brink of defeat to win 3-2 against IBK on the 13th, also came from behind to take the third set after dropping the first to claim the three points.

Coach Cha Sang-hyun, who said that the win against IBK was “better than the ‘Treble,'” also attached great significance to the victory.

“We felt heavier than the other day and looked a little tired, but I think we won thanks to a lot of luck,” Cha said at the postgame press conference.

“In fact, there were times when the players were a bit unfocused, but we still managed to get a point,” he said. “I told the players, half jokingly and half seriously, that a point is important even if it’s worse than ‘I lost,’ and I think today was one of those days,” he laughed.

“I think the three points we got today gave us a little bit more breathing room for the fifth and sixth rounds.”

Outside hitter Giselle Silva has been GS Caltex’s ace this season. She leads the team in all offensive categories, and in the last two games, including the come-from-behind victories, she has come up big in crucial moments.

“She’s pretty good at getting the tosses she wants,” Cha said, adding, “Even if she doesn’t play well in the first set, she believes that she can play well in the second and third sets.”

“Especially on his serve, he has high expectations, and his ‘fighting spirit’ to make decisions at key moments is very good. He is a reliable player,” and gave him a thumbs up.

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