2017 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship
Dynamo Moscow def. NEC Red Rockets 25-15, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18
Volei Nestle Osasco def. Hisamitsu Springs 25-20, 25-21, 25-21
Fifth/Sixth Place Match
Dynamo Moscow vs. Oscasco
8:40 p.m. ET Saturday / Watch Live
Seventh/Eighth Place Match
NEC Red Rockets vs. Hisamitsu Springs
1:40 a.m. ET Sunday / Watch Live
Dynamo Moscow will battle Volei Nestle Osasco for fifth place in the FIVB Club World Championships after both teams won their classification matches. Dynamo Moscow defeated 2016 Asian Champions NEC Red Rockets 25-15, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, while Osasco swept host team Hisamitsu Springs 25-20, 25-21, 25-21.
The two Japanese league squads will play for seventh place Sunday morning.
Dynamo are the 2016 and 2017 Russian Super League champions and finished fourth at the CEV European Championships. Osasco, which was runner-up in the Brazilian Super League, had finished third or better in its previous five appearances at Club Worlds.
NEC Red Rockets and Hisamitsu Springs are familiar foes as NEC dethroned Hisamitsu Springs to win the Japan Volleyball Premier League championship earlier this year. NEC, which won the 2016 Asain Club Championship, is making its Club Worlds debut, while Hisamitsu Springs finished fifth at Club Worlds in 2014 and 2015 and sixth in 2016.
Recapping Dynamo Moscow vs. NEC Red Rockets
Dynamo Moscow outblocked NEC Red Rockets 10-6 and served up seven aces in the four-set win.
Maja Poljak led Dynamo with 17 points, including nine blocks and seven kills. Yana Shcherban also chipped in 17 points with 13 kills, three aces and a block. Anastasia Bavykina added 13 points, all on kills, while Bethania De La Cruz scored 13 points, including 12 putaways.
Sarina Koga managed a match-high 18 points, including 16 kills and two blocks for NEC Red Rockets. Kana Ono was the only other NEC player with double-digit points, tallying 10, including eight kills and two blocks.
“We are pleased with the win today,” Dynamo captain Vera Vetrova said. “Many of our reserve players got the chance to play. We did not reach our goal to make the semifinals, but we are happy about the victory.”
NEC scored three of the first five points, but soon jumped ahead 12-5 in Set 1 with quick and dominant attacks. The Russian side built a 10-point edge at 21-11 before finishing off the 25-15 win.
NEC evened the match with a 25-22 Set 2 victory, marking its first set win of the tournament. Dynamo led 8-5 early on, but NEC turned the tables to take a 16-15 lead at the second technical timeout. Yanagita had a few key points in the rally. The teams tied at 19 after Dynamo won a challenge. Oyama put NEC ahead 23-21 with a kill and ended the stanza with a block. Koga tallied six points to lead the Red Rockets in the set.
“We got confidence as a team from this match,” Sarina Koga said. “Yesterday, after reaching the 20th point, we allowed our opponents to score. It was different today. We were able to win one set, which is positive.”
Dynamo returned to form after the intermission, cruising to an 8-4 lead in Set 3. De La Cruz downed a pair of kills and Shcherban added another to push the lead to 18-11. De La Cruz added a kill and an ace down the stretch as Dynamo sailed to the 25-15 win.
Dynamo led 8-5 early in Set 4, but NEC fought back to tie it up at 10. Dynamo charged ahead 20-15 on a De La Cruz putaway and finished out the match with a 25-18 win.
“It is unfortunate that we did not meet our target of making it to the semifinals, but today was a chance to allow everybody to play,” Dynamo coach Yurii Panchenko said. “NEC played with confidence and intelligence. They always have a good technique and they are mentally strong.”
Recapping Volei Nestle Osasco vs. Hisamitsu Springs
A dominant offensive game lifted Osasco to the sweep of the host team. Osasco turned in 49 kills to just 37 for the Japanese league champions. The teams each posted eight blocks, while Osasco outserved Hisamitsu 3-1.
Osasco’s Tandara Caixeta tallied 19 points, with 16 kills and two aces, while Ana Bjelica managed 15 points, including 12 kills and two blocks. Ana Correa managed a team-best three blocks.
Rika Nomoto managed 12 points for Hisamitsu, 11 kills and one block. Yuki Ishii added 10 kills. Maja Tokarska added five kills and a team-best four blocks. The Japanese side was without the services of Risa Shinnabe, who injured her groin in Thursday’s final pool play match.
“I moved Ishii to Shinnabe’s position and brought in Imamura, which gave us good formation,” Hisamitsu coach Shingo Sakai said. “We still fell short though on getting sideout points.”
“We were hoping to win after rallies against them but they were powerful,” captain Chizuru Koto said. “They overwhelmed us and we could not pass the ball like we wanted to.”
Hisamitsu led 8-5 in Set 1, but Osasco turned the tables with six straight points. A strong blocking effort helped the Brazilians to an 18-13 edge en route to the 25-20 win. Caixeta managed seven points in the opening stanza.
Osasco carried the momentum into Set 2, racing ahead 16-10 and never looking back in the 25-21 win. A Bjelica kill capped the set. Bjelica and Caixeta each managed six points in the stanza.
The teams were tied at 6-all early in Set 3, but Osasco surged ahead by six at 16-10 at the second technical timeout, before rolling to the 25-21 win.
“We are still sad about yesterday’s match,” Osasco coach Luizomar De Moura said. “We promised ourselves that we would give 100 per cent in today’s game. Each of the previous four times our club has appeared in this tournament, we earned a medal. That dream is gone now.”