‘2G consecutive selection’ GS Choi Eun-ji, a signal to break out of sluggishness

 On the 13th, against IBK, 9 points with a success rate of 53.33%, GS Caltex 2 consecutive victories at home

GS Caltex defeated IBK and entered the mid-level competition in earnest.

GS Caltex KIXX, led by coach Sang-hyun Cha, scored a set score of 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-17) in a home game against IBK Industrial Bank Altos in the 4th round of the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League Women’s Division held at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on the 13th. won with After a difficult 7-game series, GS Caltex returned to home and accumulated 5 points against KGC Ginseng Corporation and Industrial Bank of Korea, reducing the gap between 3rd place Korea Expressway Corporation Hi-Pass to 1 point (10 wins and 11 losses).

For GS Caltex, foreign player Leticia Moma Bassoko was responsible for a 34.62% share and scored 18 points, while local ace Kang So-hui also scored 16 points with a success rate of 51.72%. Hanahye Libero had a 50% receiving efficiency and 15 digs to keep the rearguard strong. And GS Caltex is showing a desirable phenomenon in which the offense, which was focused on MoMA, is diversifying recently, because outside hitter Choi Eun-ji, who has good offensive power, has increased the proportion of starters.

3rd Team Ginseng Corporation secures the main position

In the 2010 rookie draft, IBK, a new club that obtained the right to take graduates from three schools first, was in trouble after deciding between Kim Hee-jin’s Seoul Central Girls’ High School and Park Jeong-ah’s (highway construction) Busan Male Girls’ High School. This is because it was not easy to determine the superiority and inferiority of Jinju Sunseon Girls’ High School and Suwon Hanil Jeonsan Girls’ High School. IBK’s new head coach Lee Jung-cheol (SBS Sports commentator), who had been thinking about it over and over again, chose Sunseon Girls’ High School and Choi Eun-ji, a promising player who had led Sunseon Girls’ High School.

IBK’s ‘super rookies’ Kim Hee-jin and Park Jung-ah were the starting pitchers from their first season and had a family fight over the Rookie of the Year title, but Choi Eun-ji seldom found a place in the team in the early days of joining. Choi Eun-ji had good physical condition as an outside hitter, standing 182cm tall, but was relatively uneasy about serving, so it was difficult to gain an advantage in the competition with Park Gyeong-nang or Chae Seon-ah (Ginseng Corporation), who have good defense.

Choi Eun-ji, who only scored 201 points while playing for 5 seasons at IBK, transferred to Expressway Corporation with Jeon Sa-yan through a trade in June 2016. However, there were many position competitors such as Go Ye-rim (Hyundai E&C Hillstate), Moon Jeong-won, Ha Hye-jin (Pepper Savings Bank AI Peppers), and Jeon Sa-yan in the road construction, and in May 2017, while Park Jung-ah, who was a teammate at IBK, transferred to the road construction Choi Eun-ji’s position was further narrowed.

Choi Eun-ji only scored 22 points in 18 games in the 2017-2018 season, when the Korea Expressway Corporation won the first championship after becoming a professional, and did not attract much attention even when he obtained his first FA qualification after the season. However, Ginseng Corporation, which needed outside heater resources with good kidneys, recruited Choi Eun-ji, a ‘B-class free agent’ with no bleeding, for an annual salary of 80 million won. As a result, the transfer to Ginseng Corporation became an important turning point in Choi Eun-ji’s career as a player.

After moving to Ginseng Corporation, Choi Eun-ji, who occupied the position of the main outside heater, led Ginseng Corporation to the championship by scoring 113 points in 5 cup matches, which was his first official competition. In particular, in the final, he scored 32 points and was selected as MVP of the cup competition. In the following 2018-2019 season, Choi Eun-ji performed his best performance after his professional debut with 360 points in 30 games, attempting the second most attacks in Ginseng Corporation after foreign player Alena Bergsma.

GS has increased available resources thanks to Choi Eun-ji’s rapid progress

Even after the foreign player at Ginseng Corporation changed from Alena to Valentina Diouf (Busto Arsicio), Choi Eun-ji continued to play an active role as a native ace of Ginseng Corporation. However, if you look at it in detail, as the season goes on, not only the scoring, but also the receiving efficiency gradually declines, and there are many regrettable parts. To make matters worse, Choi Eun-ji’s position narrowed again as Ginseng Corporation recruited Lee So-young, who was considered the biggest player in the FA market after the 2020-2021 season. 메이저놀이터

In the end, Choi Eun-ji wore a GS Caltex uniform through a trade with Park Hye-min in April 2021. As for GS Caltex, Kang So-hui’s outside heater partner was not suitable due to Lee So-young’s transfer, so Choi Eun-ji seemed highly likely to take the starting position naturally. However, as soon as the season began, the player coach Sang-Hyun Cha favored was Yoo Seo-Yeon, not Eun-Ji Choi, and Eun-Ji Choi only scored 60 points in 26 games.

Even Kwon Min-ji, who was active as a middle blocker before this season, transformed into an outside hitter, and Choi Eun-ji’s place seemed to be further reduced. In fact, Choi Eun-ji spent a long time guarding the warm-up zone as the team’s 4th outside hitter this season as well as Kang So-hui and Yu Seo-yeon as well as Kwon Min-ji. However, on the 5th, he showed his strength for the first time in a long time by scoring 12 points in the match against Heungkuk Life Insurance Pink Spiders as a substitute.

And coach Sang-Hyun Cha put Choi Eun-Ji in the starting lineup in the Ginseng Corporation match on the 9th, which returned to Jangchung after a month. In the match against Industrial Bank of Korea on the 13th, Choi Eun-ji played as a starter for two consecutive games and did her part well, scoring 9 points with a success rate of 53.33%, including 1 serve. Synergy with Yoo Seo-yeon, who played as a substitute and scored 4 points, was also not bad.

GS Caltex is threatening Yoo Seo-yeon’s position as ‘local ace’ Kang So-hui, who is scoring 44 points with a success rate of 43.30% in 3 games in the 4th round, revives, and even Choi Eun-ji, who was sluggish, is rapidly emerging. Adding Kwon Min-ji, who is still inexperienced as an outside heater but has good offense and fighting skills, will increase the number of outside heater resources that GS Caltex can put into the game at any time to four. It means that GS Caltex can become a more competitive team thanks to Eunji Choi’s efforts.

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