Vakifbank Istanbul avenged their lost at last month’s FIVB Club Women’s World Championships last week in the Turkish league when they scored a 3-2 (27-29, 17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-10) victory over cross-town rivals Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul on Saturday evening.
The two top teams in the Turkish league matched up in the semi-finals of the Club World Championship in October, where VitrA swept away their foes 3-1. But with their million-dollar woman Ting Zhu on the outside, VakifBank wasn’t to be kept down for long. and in their first matchup since the Club World Championships, it went the way of Zhu’s squad. She was the only VakifBank player to start in all 5 sets, and she scored a whopping 28 points in 5 sets.
For Eczacibasi, Russian Tatiana Kosheleva led with 21 points, while Club World Championships MVP Tijana Boskovic added 17.
Vakifbank now takes a 2-game lead in the league, and is the only undefeated team after 6 weeks of play. Eczacibasi sits 2nd at 4-2.
League table to date:
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