Reporter Kim Kyung-yoon = Professional volleyball women’s GS Caltex suffered a shocking defeat on the 23rd of last month.
At that time, GS Caltex broke the expectations of the people around them and was caught 1-3 in the visiting match against Pepper Savings Bank, which was the lowest. Pepper Savings Bank was in a swamp of 13 straight home losses and 4 consecutive losses at the time, so the degree of shock GS Caltex received was great.
At the center of the defeat was GS Caltex foreign player Moma Basoko Letizia (registered name MoMA).
Mo Ma, the core of GS Caltex’s attack, injured his left knee in a match against Hyundai E&C on the 20th of last month, and with Mo Ma’s absence, GS Caltex dedicated 3 points to Pepper Savings Bank.
Looking at the team’s loss off the court, MoMa’s heart was not at ease.
He said, “Watching the defeat in the Pepper Savings Bank match, I felt apologetic and sad,” and said, “This is why I focused more on injury management.”
MoMA returned to Korea Expressway Corporation on the 27th, but the aftermath of the defeat against Pepper Savings Bank was great.
GS Caltex, whose team atmosphere has fallen, lost helplessly in the Korea Expressway Corporation match, and also suffered a shutout loss in the Hyundai E&C match on the 2nd and fell into a three-game losing streak.
GS Caltex coach Cha Sang-hyun said, “It was a difficult time for me too,” and “I was under a lot of stress and my body hurt.”
Momma grinded her teeth. He said, “The director’s body wasn’t good enough that his eyes were bloodshot.”
He added, “I tried to find a way to enjoy it on the court, and it became an opportunity to come together more tightly.”
In the home return match against Pepper Savings Bank held at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on the 5th, MoMA started an onslaught by gnashing their teeth.
On this day, he exploded 23 points, the most of both teams, including 3 blocks and 1 serve ace, leading the team to a 3-0 victory.
On this day, he was the only player from both teams who scored more than 10 points with an attack success rate of more than 50% (58.82%).
“If I focus on the remaining games like today’s game, I will be able to advance to the playoffs,” MoMA said, promising, “The current knee condition is not bad. I will work harder.”
MoMA is a foreign player who entered the V-League on the last train. He was called to GS Caltex as the last 7th pick in the 2021 foreign player draft. 먹튀검증
He was from Africa (Cameroon), which is unfamiliar to the V-League, and as a foreign player, he did not receive high expectations due to his relatively small height (184 cm).
However, Mo Ma successfully landed in the V-League with his characteristic resilient play and bad temper.
In particular, he was selected as the MVP in the 4th and 5th rounds last season and succeeded in renewing his contract.
MoMA is also active this season, ranking second in the most points (654 points), third in attack success rate (43.26%), and second in sub-aces per set (0.23).
Although he was temporarily absent from the team due to a knee injury last month, he returned with a terrifying recovery speed and is flying again.