“It was our first match, so we were nervous and anxious, but I think we will be more relaxed for the next match”
GS Caltex earned a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-17) shutout victory over the Jungkwanjang Red Sparks in the first round of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on Tuesday.
Silva, who made his V-League debut, finished with 30 points (53.2% attack percentage). She was the top scorer for both teams and made her debut in style.
In a postgame interview, Silva said, “It was my first game, so I had some nerves and jitters, but I think I’ll be more relaxed for the next game. I was satisfied with the way I played and I think the result was good as I prepared for it,” he said after his debut.
Playing his first match in the V-League, Silva said, “I think it’s very difficult. Their defense is solid. It’s like ‘mamma mia’. We have to attack really hard to end the rallies. Mega also has a good defense, so I have to attack hard to get points. When I was first confirmed for Korea, Cuban players who played in Korea contacted me and told me that Korean volleyball is really hard. I didn’t realize it at first, but after playing today, it’s really hard,” she laughed.
Silva was responsible for nearly half of GS Caltex’s offense on the day with a 48.0 percent attack percentage. “In every league, foreign players seem to take more responsibility and share more than their countrymen,” Silva said. In Korea, it’s harder because you have to play the same team over and over again and they play good defense.”안전놀이터
On her chemistry with setter Kim Ji-won, Silva said, “We have four setters, and I have a good chemistry with Kim Ji-won, but I also have a very good chemistry with the other three. We talk a lot in training. The coaches also emphasize communication, so we communicate a lot,” she explained positively.
Silva, who scored two points on her serve, added: “My serve is my concentration and confidence. I would say my serve is my best strength, and I feel confident when I go to serve, whether I’m winning or not. In fact, I’m more confident in my serve than my attack,” she said, showing her confidence in her serve.
Silva, who lives with her family at the team’s accommodation in Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, said, “The coaches, players, and managers are all very accommodating to me, my daughter, and my husband. “I feel like I’m at home without any inconvenience because I’m living in one place. It’s really amazing. Everything is in one building. The only thing missing is the track, but everything else is there. I thought I could live comfortably. I think it’s the best season to be able to focus on volleyball because we have a facility where we can train all the time without going out.”