VakifBank Fights 5-Setter Over Dinamo Moscow To Remain Unbeaten

  0 Carly DeMarque | February 08th, 2018 | CEV European Champions League, News, Pro Indoor

2018 CEV Champions League – Women

  • February 8, 2018
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Box Score

VakifBank Istanbul fights through 5-setter to take down Dinamo Moscow 3-2, (22-25, 25-18, 25-11, 21-25, 15-9) during the 4th round of the Champions League. The win keeps VakifBank at a perfect 4-0 in Pool D while Dinamo Moscow falls to 1-3 and third place.

The two teams met up in the last leg of round 4 with VakifBank finishing off the Russian squad in an easy 3 set match. This time, Dinamo pushed back, making the Turkish team work for the win.

The first set of the match was a fairly even battle, with both teams scoring 17 points, with Dinamo making the least amount of mistakes to take the first 25-22. The second set saw the Russian squad making all of the errors, allowing VakifBank to tie the match a 1-1 with a 25-18 second set score.

The third set was too dominant for the Turkish team as they spread out the offense and defense to score 20 points to Dinamo’s 7. VakifBank came away with the third set 25-11 to take the 2-1 match lead. In a close battle, the fourth set took shape for Dinamo as they were able to recover from the disappointing third set. The Russian team forced the fifth set with a 25-21 fourth set decision.

The final set saw VakifBank take the lead and keep it. Dinamo only scored 5 points in the final set while VakifBank ran up 9 to take the match 15-9.

Zhu Ting led VakifBank with 22 points while Milena Rasic and Gozde Kirdar added in 16 and 15 points, respectively. For Dinamo, Nataliya Goncharova produced 22 points in the loss with Yana Shcherban posting 13 points.

Both teams have two more matches remaining in the fourth round with VakifBank set to take on Grot Budowlani Lodz on the road and Dinamo at Galatasaray SK Istanbul during the fifth leg.

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Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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