Basel, Switzerland, December 30, 2014. Brazil’s Molico/Nestle OSASCO overcame Switzerland’s Volero ZURICH in a breath-taking gold medal game at the Women’s Top Volley International in Basel. France’s RC CANNES, on the other hand, defeated Turkey’s Galatasaray Daikin ISTANBUL after an unbelievable comeback in the bronze medal game.
Everybody was excited on the third day of the Top Volley tournament in Basel, as the gold and bronze medal games were anticipated as the big highlight of the tournament. However, the fifth place match between the two young teams of Serbia’s Partizan Vizura BEOGRAD and Russia’s Zarechie ODINTSOVO was a quite exciting opener of the day. Both teams wanted to end the Women’s Top Volley International with a victory and played their best volleyball. Most of all, the young, upcoming Serbian star Tijana Boskovic stuck out with an impressive performance as the leader for her team. Nevertheless, the 2014 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup winners Zarechie out-blocked the Serbian attack and won the game by 3:0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-16).
In the big game for the bronze medal more than 4,000 spectators could enjoy the pleasure to watch an incredibly equal match-up at the St. Jakobshalle. Galatasaray Daikin started with two set wins. RC CANNES seemed to struggle with their own tiredness after the bitter 2:3 loss against Molico/Nestle on the previous day. Coach Yan Fang and his players, however, did not want to give in – even after the 0:2 deficit. Yan Fang, dubbed the Chinese Wizard in France, trusted in his experienced players Victoria Ravva and Logan Tom, and they did not disappoint him. RC CANNES fought its way back into the game with an impressive comeback. The leader of Pool E in the 2015 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League became almost unstoppable and outplayed the Turkish opponent in the following two sets as well as in the tie-breaker to claim the bronze medal after a thrilling 3:2 (18-25, 17-25, 25-13, 25-12, 15-11) victory.
The big highlight of the day, the gold medal game between Molico/Nestle and Volero took place in front of more than 4,500 spectators. Even though the multiple Swiss champions had swept the Brazilians in their Pool A match, Dragutin Baltic’s team knew that the South American squad had gained self-confidence with the amazing comeback in the semifinal against RC CANNES. The two teams did not disappoint the numerous fans on the stands and both played volleyball at its finest. Molico/Nestle and Volero pushed themselves to the limit and the game had to be decided in a tie-breaker fifth set. The Brazilian silver medalists from the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship got the important breakaway and overcame Volero by 3:2 (25-22, 19-25, 26-24, 18-25, 15-11) after 127 minutes to claim their second gold medal in the history of Top Volley International.
MVP: Thaisa Menezes (Molico/Nestle)
Best Scorer: Olesia Rykhliuk (Volero)
Best Blocker: Victoria Ravva (RC CANNES)
Best Receiver: Sanja Bursac (RC CANNES)
Best Libero: Camila Brait (Molico/Nestle)
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