Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, the reigning women’s world champions, look to claim their ticket to the 2017 FIVB Club World Championship.
The three Turkish squads in the word champions dominated their matches in the first round of the tournament.
VitrA Istanbul rolled past German champions Dresdner SC 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-21) in Dresden. USA’s Rachel Adams (15 points) and Jordan Larson (13) each with four aces a piece dominated for VitrA. Also scoring double-digits for VitrA were Russia’s Tatiana Kosheleva (11) and Brazil’s Thaisa Menees (11, with five being stuffs).
VakifBank opened the Champions League with a 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-13) over Russia’s Uralochka NTMK Ekaterinburg. Serbia’s Milena Rasic put down eight blocks on the match, while China’s Zhu Ting added six, also scoring a match-best 28 points for VakifBank.
To complete the Turkish sweep, And Fenerbahce Istanbul took down French champions St.Raphael Var 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-19). The Turkish squad won despite being out-blocked 10-2. Brazil’s Natalia Pereira helped And Fenerbahce to victory by putting down 14 points in the match.
Liu Jo Nordmeccannica won 3-1 over Chemk Police (25-21, 29-27, 21-25, 25-13), with Turkey’s Neriman Ozsoy leading the team with 18 points in the match.
Mexico’s Samantha Brico scored 16 points as Imoco Volley Conegliano swept Azerbaijan’s Telekom Baku 3-0 (31-29, 25-14, 25-22).
The defending European champions and FIVB Club World Chamionship silver medalists Pomi Casalmaggiore are taking place in the second-tier CEV Cup this season.
The Champions League winners get an automatic bid to the 2017 FIVB Club World Championship in Kobe on May 8-14, as well as the South American champions.
The winner will join Hisamitsu Springs and the 2016 Asian champions NEC Red Rockets, plus four wild cards.