Gözde Kırdar, was born in June 26 1985, Kütahya, begun to play volleyball at age 11 in Kütahya Termikspor. In 1999 she moved to İstanbul to join VakıfBank youth team. From that day she is carrying yellow-black jersey and is the team captain over seven years. She has graduated from Maltepe University Visual Communication Design undergraduate program.
The ex-Turkish national team spiker has won two gold medals of Junior Balkan Championship and a gold medal of Mediterranean Games with national team. She has also won bronze medals in 2011 CEV Championship and 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. Kırdar, was also participated in 2012 London Olympic Games with national team.
Gözde is one of the main character of VakıfBank history, no doubt. She can be seen a lot of victory photo of the club, such as 1 FIVB Club World Championship, 2 CEV Champions League, 5 Turkish League, 2 Turkish Cup, 2 Turkish Super Cup. Also she won one silver medal in FIVB Club World Chapionship and two CEV European Champions League with her team.
Here are some individual awards of Gözde Kırdar:
2002 Junior Balkan Championship: MVP
2010 Turkish League: The Best Receiver
2010 Turkey Ligi: En İyi Servis Kullanan Oyuncu
2010 Turkish League: The Best Server
2011 CEV Champions League: The Best Receiver
2013 Turkish League: The Best Receiver
2013 Turkish League: MVP
2013 FIVB Club World Championship: The Second Best Spiker
2014 Turkish League: MVP
2014 Turkish Cup: MVP
2015 Turkish League: The Best Receiver
2016 CEV Champions League: The Best Team Leader
Gizem Örge, born in April 26 1993, Ankara, started to play volleyball at Ankara Eczacı (formerly Batıkent Kültür) at age 12. When she was 15 years old, Gizem moved to Bursa to play for Nilüfer Belediyesi as a libero. Same year, she was chosen for the Turkish Youth National Team.
In despite of Örge transferred to VakıfBank in 2012, she continued to play for Nilüfer Belediyesi as a loaned player. Following year Gizem joined to VakıfBank and became the first libero of the team after 2 season.
With Turkish youth and junior teams, Örge won gold medals at Youth Olympic Games and Balkan Championship and silver medal at 2015 U23 World Championship. As a Turkish Senior National Team member, Gizem Örge won gold medal at 2014 European League.
Here are some individual awards of Gizem Örge:
2015 U23 World Cahmpionship: The Best Libero
2015 Turkish League: The Best Libero
2016 CEV Champions League: The Best Libero
2016 Turkish League: The Best Libero
Cansu Özbay, born in October 17 1996, İzmir, has grown up in Arkas youth academy. In 2014 Cansu moved to İstanbul to play for Beşiktaş and then during the second half of the season she went to Bursa to play for Nilüfer Belediyesi. After a whole of season and at Beşiktaş, her team completed the season as champion of the Turkish Secondary League last year. She joined to VakıfBank before 2016 -2017 season.
As a setter, Cansu Özbay, played for all national teams of Turkey and currently she is playing for Turkey U23 National Team.
Ting ZHU was born in Henan in the 29th November 1994 and started her volleyball career also in Henan in 2008. She played in 2013 for Guangdong Evergrande and achieved in 2013 FIVB World Club Championship a bronze medal. After a short journey in Evergrande Zhu head back to Henan Huawei and played here until 2016 season and moved to VakıfBank for 2016-2017 season.
Zhu especially showed a great performance in Chinese National Team and achieved memorial success. Her first outcome was in 2012; after joining National Tema Squad Zhu, won Gold Medal in 2015 FIVB World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She graduated from Sports Institute - Zhengzhou University.
2012 Asian Young Teams Championship "MVP
2012 Asian Young Teams Championship "The Best Hitter"
2013 FIVB Young Teams World Championship "MVP"
2013 FIVB Young Teams World Championship "The Best Hitter"
2013 Montreux Volley Masters "Top Scorer"
2013 FIVB World Grand Prix "The Best Hitter"
2013 Asian Championship " The Best Hitter "
2014 FIVB World Championship "Top Scorer"
2014 FIVB World Championship "The Best Hitter"
2015 Asian Championship "MVP"
2015 Asian Championship "The Best Hitter"
2015 FIVB World Cup "MVP"
2016 Rio Olympic Games "The Best Hitter"
2016 Rio Olympic Games "MVP"
Kübra Çalışkan was born in 13.10.1994 in Bursa- Osmangazi, Turkey. The young player started volleyball at the age of 12 in Nilüfer Belediyesi Sports Club. She became a player of Senior Team when she was 15.The young middle blocker who was transferred to VakıfBank in 2012, played on loan in Nilüfer Belediyesi for a year. During the same season, while at VakıfBank Junior Team where she played for was ranked 1st in the Turkish Championship. Çalışkan, was later included to play at VakıfBank’s Senior Team for the 2013-2014 seasons. She achived 2013 FIVB Club World Championship title, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Turkish League title, 2014 Turkish Cup title, 2014 Turkish Super Cup title and 2014 and 2016 CEV Champions League silver medals with VakıfBank.
With Junior Turkish National Team, she became World and Europe Champions, and also they were ranked 2nd in Balkan Championship. She also participated for the Youth National Team when they became Europe Champion, 5th in the World and Balkan Champion.
Kübra has also participated for the Youth then Junior and later at Turkey’s Senior National Team in 2012. In 2013; she played in World Grand Prix with the team. Kübra is still Turkish National Team player. With National Team Kübra won, 2014 CEV European League Championship and gold medal in 2015 European Games.
Here are some individual awards of Kübra Çalışkan:
2014 European League: MVP
2015 Turkish League: The Best Middle Blocker
2015 FIVB U23 World Championship: The Best Middle Blocker
Melis Gürkaynak, was born in April 20 1990, Ankara, has graduated from Bahçeşehir University Business Administration undergraduate programme and completed master degree on Advertising and Brand Communication. Melis, begun to play volleyball in 2009 in VakıfBank Sports Academy in Ankara. After spending six years in that academy, Melis moved to İstanbul and joined to VakıfBank Senior Team when she was just 15 years old.
Gürkaynak, played for Galatasaray and Beşiktaş as a loaned player between 2008 and 2010 and she was transferred to Galatasaray in 2014. Just after one year separation from VakfıBank, she returned home in 2015. The Turkish national middle blocker has won 2013 FIVB Club World Championship, 2011 and 2013 CEV Champions League, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Turkish League, 2013 and 2014 Turkish Cup, 2013 Turkish Super Cup titles. Also she was a part of the teams that has ranked number two in 2011 FIVB Club World Championship and 2014 and 2016 CEV Champions League.
Ayça Aykaç was born in İzmir on 27th February 1996 and started volleyball when she was just 10 years old playing for Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyespor. In 2009 she signed contract with VakıfBank Junior Team and for 2 seasons playing for senior team. She also continue her studying in Yeditepe University.
With VakıfBank Aykaç achieved with Junior Team 1 and Youth Team 5 Turkish Title. In 2014-2015 season she played for Youth Team of VakıfBank and also Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediye Sports Club.
Ayça has won with VakıfBank, 1 Champions League Silver Medal and 1 Turkish League title.
With Junior Turkish National Team in 2013 U18 European Championship and 2014 U20 European Championship Bronze Medal. In 2015 Junior Balkan Championship she is honored with “Best Libero” award.
Lonneke Sloetjes was born in Netherlands, Wisch on the 15th November 1990. 192 cm tall opposite Lonneke is 322 cm spike and 315 cm block height.
Sloetjes started her professional career in 2006 with Dutch team Lichtenvoorde. Between 2009-2011 she played for another Dutch team Heutink Pollux. In 2011 Sloetjes signed for German team USC Münster and after one season she moved to Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio. After one year in Italy she head back to Germany and played for Schweriner.
She signed to VakıfBank in 2015-2016 season and in her first season she achieved one Champions League Silver and Turkish League title.
Lonneke is also playing for Dutch National Team. With her national team she won a silver medal in 2015 European Championship, a bronze medal in 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix and semi final in 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
2015 European Championship: The best opposite
2016 Turkish League: The best opposite
2016 World Grand Prix: The best opposite
2016 Rio Olympic Games: The best opposite
Naz Aydemir Akyol was born in 14.08.1990 in Istanbul, Turkey. Naz Aydemir Akyol first started to play volleyball at Eczacıbaşı Youth Academy. The setter has played in all age group stages at that club until 2009 has achieved many achievements in the youth academy where she has won the Turkish League 3 times and Turkish Cup once with the senior team. When she was transferred to Fenerbahçe in 2009, together with the team she has won the FIVB Club World Championship once, CEV Champions League once, Turkish League twice and the Turkish Super Cup twice.
Naz was transferred to VakıfBank before the 2012-2013 season. The team and Naz have achieved to won 2013 FIVB Club World Championship, 2013 CEV Champions League, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Turkish League, 2013 and 2014 Turkish Cup and 2013 and 2014 Turkish Super Cup while playing at VakıfBank Sports Club. The successful young setter got married in 2013.
Naz, has participated in all age group stages of the national team, the setter won the Balkan Championship, was 2nd in World Championship with Junior National Team, was Balkan Champion twice and was 3rd in European Championship with Youth National Team.
Naz still plays for the Senior National Team since the age of 16 where she was first picked to participate. Together with the Turkish National Team, Naz won a bronze medal on World Grand Prix, two silver medals on CEV European League, two silver medals on Mediterranean Games and a gol medal on European Games. Naz also was a member of the Turkish National Team, participated in 2012 London Olympic Games. She has graduated from İstanbul Bilgi University Advertising undergraduate program.
Here are some individual awards of Naz Aydemir Akyol:
2004 Youth Balkan Championship: The Best Setter
2007 Youth Balkan Championship: The Best Setter
2007 Youth Balkan Championship: MVP
2008 Junior European Championship: MVP
2012 CEV Champions League: The Best Setter
2013 CEV Champions League: The Best Setter
2010 Turkish League: The Best Setter
2011 Turkish League: The Best Setter
2013 Turkish League: The Best Setter
2014 Turkish League: The Best Setter
2015 Turkish League: The Best Setter
2016 Turkish League: The Best Setter
Özge Nur Yurtdagülen, born in August 6 1993, İstanbul, began her career at Yeşilyurt in 2004. After spending 8 years in this club she moved to Galatasaray. She completed 2015-2016 volleyball season in Sarıyer. The 193 cm height middle blocker joined to VakıfBank before 2016-2017 volleyball season.
Özge Nur, played for junior and youth national teams and then chosen up for the senior national team. With Turkish National Team, she has won gold medal at 2014 CEV European League and silver medal at 2015 CEV U23 World Championship. Yurtdagülen has also played in 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix.
Melis Durul, born in October 21 1993, İstanbul, started to play volleyball at Es Spor. After five year in this club, Melis moved to Eczacıbaşı and played for this club for three years. After joining Sarıyer Belediyesi and spending three seasons for the club, Melis became a member of VakıfBank just before 2016-2017 volleyball season.
The spiker was a member of national team that has won silver medal at 2010 Junior Balkan Championship, gold medal at 2014 CEV European League and silver medal at 2015 U23 World Championship. Melis Durul also won 1 Turkish Cup and 1 Turkish Super Cup.
Kimberly Hill was born in Oregon/Portland on the 30th November 1990. 193 cm tall hitter Kimberly started European career with Atom Trefl Sopot and played after for Igor Novara Volley. She joined VakıfBank in 2015-2016 season.
With USA National Team which she started in 10 June 2013, she achieved Gold Medal in 2014 World Championship and awarded as “MVP” in this competition. She also achieved with USA National Team 2 Gold Medals in 2014 and 2015 World Grand Prix, one Silver in 2016 World Grand Prix and one Bronze Medal in 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In her country she also picked as “Most Improved Player” in 2014..
Kimberly achieved with VakıfBank; 1 Silver in CEV Champions League and 1 Turkish League title.
She also has the following individual awards:
Named MVP of Turkish League Players in 2015-16 after leading VakifBank to league title
Selected 2014 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Most Improved Player
Named Most Valuable Player for 2014 FIVB World Championship after leading USA to the gold medal
Selected Second Best Outside Spiker of 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix
Scored team-high 20 points in 2014 FIVB World Championship gold-medal match victory over China on Oct. 12
While competing at Pepperdine University, first and only student-athlete to make the AVCA All-American first-team roster in both indoor and sand volleyball during the same academic year (2011-2012)
Milena Rasic was born in Serbia, Pancevo on the 25th of October 1990 and first started volleyball when she was just 12 years old playing for Sumadija AV Belgrad. She signed her first professional contract with Dinamo Pancevo in 2007 and wore the team shirt for 3 years. The successful middle blocker later joined RC Cannes in 2010 and experienced her peak success during her time there. Milena became an essential player for a further 4 seasons while at RC Cannes and experienced 4 consecutive league and cup championships and together with her team she gained a bronze medal in 2010 and silver medal in 2012 during the European Champions league. The successful player later joined VakıfBank for the 2014-2015 season. The successful middle blocker is 193 cm tall with a 312 cm spike and 293 cm block height.
Milena Rasic has many accomplishments together with her National fmelisteam with 1 European Champions championship, 1 European Championship Bronze Medal, 1 World Cup Silver Medal, 3 European Champions League and 2 World Grand Prix 2nd place. Milena was also performed 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games with her National team and won Silver Medal in 2016.
French League: The Best Middle Blocker (2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014)
2013 World Grand Prix: En İyi İkinci Middle Blocker
2013 World Grand Prix: Second Best Middle Blocker
2011 World Grand Prix: Best Spiker Player
2015 CEV Champions League: The Best Middle Blocker
2016 Turkish League: Second Best Middle Blocker
2016 Rio Olympic Games: The Best Middle Blocker
Cansu Çetin, was born in May 24 1993, Ankara, has started to play volleyball at Çankaya Belediyesi. She became a professional player at İlbank and then she moved to İstanbul to play for Eczacıbaşı. After one full season with that team she transferred to Sarıyer Belediyesi as a loaned player and played for the club during three seasons. Before she became a member of VakıfBank in 2015, Cansu Çetin played for Beşiktaş one year.
Cansu Çetin, played for youth and junior national teams and also was a member of the Turkish National Teaml, became the champion of 2014 CEV European League.
The spiker, won a gold medal in 2016 Turkish League and silver medal in 2016 CEV Champions League.