2017 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship
Dynamo Moscow def. Volei Nestle Osasco 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-18
NEC Red Rockets def. Hisamitsu Springs 25-16, 25-23, 25-22
On the final day of competition at the FIVB Women’s Club World Championships each team had one match to determine the final seedings. Russian Super League champs Dynamo Moscow defeated Brazilian league runner-up Volei Nestle Osasco in four sets to secure fifth place. Japanese Premier League champions NEC Red Rockets completed their Club Worlds debut performance by defeating league foes and runner-up Hisamitsu Springs in a sweep for seventh place.
Dynamo Moscow vs. Osasco
Nataliya Goncharova left everything on the court for her Dynamo Moscow squad, scoring 32 points, including 29 kills, while lifting the team to a 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-18 win over Osasco Saturday night to take fifth at Club Worlds.
The difference in the match were a handful of kills and eight extra miscues (25 in total) committed by the Brazilian side. Osasco outblocked Dynamo 10-9 and served up six aces to five for the Russians.
Goncharova had help from Bethania De La Cruz, who added 15 points, 14 on kills. Maja Poljak put up a team-best four blocks.
Ana Correa managed 23 points with 17 kills, five blocks and an ace for Osasco. Ana Bjelica (16) and Tandara Caxeita (16) also aided the team’s effort. Bjelica managed 13 kills, while Caixeta added 12 kills and a team-best three aces.
“We are happy with the result,” Dynamo captain Vera Vetrova said. “We were able to end the tournament on a positive note. Fifth place is different from our original goal, but we are pleased with this win.”
“Brazilian teams are strong,” De La Cruz said. “They have players that fight until the end. It was nice to finish with a win despite finishing in fifth.”
Trailing 8-5 in Set 1, Osasco rallied and the score was soon tied at 14-all. Osasco took the lead at 16-15 and held a one-point edge at 22-21 thanks to a block, before closing out the 25-22 win.
Osasco took an early 6-3 lead in Set 2, but Dynamo responded to go ahead 10-8. Dynamo worked to a 16-11 lead with a trio of Goncharova putaways. A block by Poljak gave Dynamo a set-point chance at 24-18 and a hitting error gave them the set two serves later. Goncharova accounted for 10 points in the set.
Osasco grabbed a 7-5 advantage in Set 3, but again Dynamo found a way to a 15-14 lead. Kills by De La Cruz and Goncharova put the Russian side on the hill at 24-22, but Osasco dug deep and tied it up at 24 on a kill by Beatriz. Dynamo, however, grabbed the 27-25 win.
Dynamo held slim advantages in Set 4 at 7-6 and 16-15. Osasco was within three at 21-18, but Dynamo closed out the match with four straight points.
“We played great games here,” Osasco coach Luizomar De Moura said. “We saw strong defense against the Asian teams and played with strong players against the European teams. This was a precious experience for us. We have learned many valuable lessons here.”
“This was a good experience, we will learn a lot from this,” Tandara Caxeita said. “We just could not show enough mental strength in this match.”
NEC Red Rockets vs. Hisamitsu Springs
NEC Red Rockets pounded down 50 kills and added seven blocks in the sweep of league rival Hisamitsu Springs Sunday morning for their first win of the tournament and a seventh-place finish. NEC won the match 25-16, 25-23, 25-22.
“We just wanted to end the tournament with a win,” captain Haruyo Shimamura said. “We disrupted their plays with our service, which gave us great rhythm. That was a big factor in the game. We saw our shortcomings in this event and hope to improve on them next season.”
“Our service worked effectively today and that was decisive in this victory,” NEC Red Rockets coach Akinori Yamada said. “Playing against foreign teams that have height and power taught us a lot in this one-week event. We must minimize our point loss and serve better to compete against these teams.”
Mizuki Yanagita led the Red Rockets with 14 points, all on kills, while Sarina Koga (13), Akari Oumi (12) and Haruyo Shimamura (11) also reached double-digit point totals. Koga managed 12 kills, while Oumi added 10. Oumi, Shimamura and Kana Ono added two blocks apiece to lead the team at the net.
Rika Nomoto tallied 13 points and Yuki Ishii added 10 to guide the Hisamitsu attack. Nomoto registered 12 kills and a block, while Ishi added nine putaways.
NEC made quick work of their rivals in Set 1, cruising to a 25-16 victory.
In Set 2, NEC led 20-15 late, but Hisamitsu rallied to within three on an Ishii ace. The host team trailed by just two at 24-22 after a Shimamura kill, but couldn’t finish the comeback as a Koga kill ended it at 25-23 for NEC. Koga had six points in the stanza.
Hisamitsu took the early lead in Set 3, boasting a slim 8-7 edge at the first timeout. NEC grabbed the lead at 15-12 forcing a Hisamitsu timeout. The break worked and the team rallied, but not enough to stop NEC from earning the 25-22 win and the match.
“Their serves were very tough to defend,” Ishii said. “But I believe that we had great experience in this event. It is tough to win on the global stage without our other players. We have many issues to address and hope for good results next season.”
“NEC had strong defense in the first half of the match,” Sakai said. “There were different qualities in the rallies that they executed well and that is why we have this result. Our wing attacks did not function well, so we focused our attacks from the middle but that did not make any difference either.”
- VakifBank Istanbul
- Rexona-SESC Rio
- Volero Zurich
- Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul
- Dinamo Moscow
- Osasco Voleibol Clube
- NEC Red Rockets
- Hisamitsu Springs