VakifBank claim ‘Clash of the Titans’ with arch-rivals Eczacibasi VitrA
2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women
Luxembourg, January 10, 2017. The group stage of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women resumed on Tuesday after the break due to the holiday season with probably the best match any Volleyball fan could ask for. Eczacibasi VitrA and VakifBank added another chapter to their rivalry in the ‘Match of the Week’ with the team coached by Giovanni Guidetti eventually emerging victorious from the Istanbul derby.
VakifBank caught a flying start to the matchup with Eczacibasi and at some point it looked like they were cruising to a would-be quite sensational 3-0 victory. However, the reigning club world champs fought their way back and the ‘Clash of the Titans’ starring a good share of the world’s best Volleyball players ended in a tie-break where VakifBank came out on top to seal a hard-fought, much desired 3-2 victory (25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 15-10) to keep a perfect record after completion of two rounds in Pool D. Tijana Boskovic top scored in the match with 27 points for Eczacibasi but Serbia’s Volleyball star could not make up for the 44 points that VakifBank’s superstars Zhu Ting (23) and Lonneke Slöetjes (21) produced together.
In that same pool, Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG made up for a slow start and after losing the opening set to reigning German national champions DRESDNER SC, the players coached by legendary disciplinarian Nikolay Karpol rallied to a 3-1 victory (16-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16), to celebrate their first hurrah in this year’s CEV Volleyball Champions League. “Our start to the match was not that good, but we managed to find back our rhythm and concentration and eventually played our game. Tonight’s opponent was a very strong one,” Karpol said after the match.
In Pool A, Chemik POLICE did not leave any chance to Telekom BAKU of Azerbaijan as Poland’s champs recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory (25-16, 25-21, 25-20) to make up for their home loss to Liu Jo Nordmeccanica MODENA from the previous round. Malwina Smarzek, the young Polish spiker playing for Chemik, top scored with 16 points as Olena Hasanova scored 11 times for Telekom BAKU in their losing effort.
In the last match of the day, there was one more reason to celebrate for Poland’s Volleyball family as Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA extended their positive run in Europe’s elite club competition by virtue of their 3-1 win (25-18, 25-15, 20-25, 25-22) over French rookies ST-RAPHAËL Var VB.
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