Dynamo Moscow Dominates, Vakifbank Handles Rexona at Club Worlds Day 2

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 10th, 2017 | International Volleyball, News, Pro Indoor

2017 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship

·         May 9-14, 2017

·         Kobe, Japan

·         Schedule

·         Live Streaming

Pool A

Vakifbank Istanbul def. Rexona-SESC 25-17, 25-15, 20-25, 25-15

Dynamo Moscow def. Hisamitsu Springs 25-9, 25-19, 25-20

Turkish side VakifBank Istanbul secured its spot in the semifinals with a four-set win over Brazilian team Rexona SESC with a stellar effort including 19 blocks, while Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League dominated Japanese club Hisamitsu Springs in a sweep on Day 2 of Pool A action.

Rexona-SESC Rio vs. Vakifbank Istanbul

11:45 p.m. ET Tuesday  / Watch Replay

Vakifbank raced out to an 11-5 lead in Set 1 and maintained the advantage the rest of the stanza as American Kim Hill scored five points. The Turkish team built a 16-8 lead midway through Set 2 and continued on to a 25-15 win, including an ace by Hill and kill by Lonneke Sloetjes, who managed seven points in the stanza. Rexona battled back, jumping ahead 11-7 in Set 3. Later, trailing 16-15, Rexona turned the tables with seven of the next 10 points to go up 22-19 en route to the 25-20 win. Drussyla Andressa Felix Costa had nine points for Rexona in the set victory. In Set 4, the teams split the first 10 points, but Vakifbank eventually built a 15-12 lead and later pushed ahead 21-14.

Zhu Ting and Hill paced the Vakifbank attack with 18 points apiece. Ting posted 13 kills, three blocks and two aces, while Hill put down 14 kills and added three blocks and an ace. Sloetjes added 16 points, including 14 kills, while Milena Rasic chipped in 10 points, with five blocks, four kills and an ace.

Drussyla had 14 points to lead Rexona, while Gabriela Braga Guimaraes (13) and Juciely Cristina Barreto (12) also had double-digit point tallies.

“I want to congratulate my players,” Vakifbank coach Giovanni Guidetti said. “They have studied the instructions I gave them. I studied six matches that Rexona played. Tactics alone are not enough, you have to do it on the court. We had to play our best to beat them and we had to be prepared on the attack. We pushed hard from the start.”

Hisamitsu Springs vs. Dynamo Moscow

6 a.m. ET Wednesday / Watch Replay

Seven aces and 12 blocks, in addition to an efficient hitting effort, lifted Dynamo Moscow to a sweep of Hisamitsu Springs.

Hisamitsu took an early 5-4 lead in Set 1, but was dominated the remainder of the way as Dynamo outscored them 21-4. Tough serving kept Hisamitsu off balance much of the stanza. The Russian side carried the momentum into a 4-1 lead in Set 2 and used its height advantage and serve to hold Hisamitsu at bay in a 25-19 win. Dynamo outscored the Japanese 8-4 down the stretch.  After falling behind 10-6 early, Hisamitsu battled to within two at 13-11. Dynamo called timeout and rallied to a 20-14 advantage before closing out the match.

Nataliya Goncharova had 20 points in the match, with 17 kills, two blocks and an ace. Yana Shcherban (11), Irina Fetisova (10) and Bethania De La Cruz De Pena (10) also managed double-digit point efforts. Fetisova served up four of the team’s seven aces.

Rika Nomoto led Hisamitsu with 12 points, all on kills, while Risa Shinnabe added eight.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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