Third Time European Champion

Treviso, Italy, April 23, 2017. The best was surely yet to come, as we entered the Gold Medal match. The home team of Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO were in the final and up against the powerhouse of VakifBank ISTANBUL.

Third Time European Champion

Treviso, Italy, April 23, 2017. The best was surely yet to come, as we entered the Gold Medal match. The home team of Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO were in the final and up against the powerhouse of VakifBank ISTANBUL. The Palaverde in Treviso was packed to the rafters. The home team started the brightest, but the first set went the way of VakifBank 25-19. While the second set was fairly comfortable (25-13), the third set was a real thriller with it going right to the wire, before VakifBank eventually took it 25-23.

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Set 1
After an entrance to remember, both teams took to the court determined to make their own history. VakifBank were looking for their 3rd Champions League title (after 2011, 2013), while the home team of Imoco Volley were after their maiden win. VakifBank had already guaranteed one thing, having never before failed to win a medal once qualified for a Final Four. The score at the first technical was 8-6 to the Turkish team, who despite losing the first couple of points came back strong in the first third of the set. From here the away team kicked (16-13) on for what was in the end a fairly comfortable set victory.

Their only real scares came at 20-18 when some confusion over a Challenge call ended up with the point going to the home team. However from here the home team could only get one more point, while VakifBank accelerated to the set victory 25-19.

With Imoco struggling in the blocking department, thoughts could not help but turn to their injured middle blocker, Robin de Kruijf who is out with an ankle injury.

Set 2
With the crowd a little quieter, VakifBank started the second slightly more confident and this told as they strode to an 8-3 lead. From here the points went at around a rate of 2 for VakifBank and only 1 for Imoco as the Turkish team continued to dominate. It was 16-8 at the second technical time-out and before the home crowd of 4,831 spectators knew what had happened it was 2-0 with a final set score of 25-13.

Set 3
So this was it, and it started with everyone in the room knowing it. VakifBank were one set from a triple Champions League crown, while the home team had nothing to lose and they went out with everything they had. After some great action, it was closer at the first technical than it had been for the whole match at 8-7.

The score stayed close, but with the Turkish team constantly having a slight edge. With the crowd really wanting more an Imoco error ended up granting VakifBank the title with a third set score of 25-23.

Nicole Fawcett, opposite of Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO: "VakifBank ISTANBUL really stepped up their game from yesterday. We played the team who seems to be making every perfect play and it was tough for us. They did a great job and I think in the third set we came back really well and fought hard but it wasn’t enough. It’s hard to say how we could have stopped them. They had an effect on how we play which was not by any means our best, but I think if we were to bring our best, it would not be a three sets match."

Raphaela Folie, middle blocker of Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO: "The semi-final was amazing and we didn’t expect to reach the final in such a way. Today we started a little bit slow and we only found our rhythm in the third set, but it was too late to do anything. Vakifbank ISTANBUL was the stronger team today, but I feel we could have done more. It was our first Champions League final, so we will try do better next year."

Kimberly Hill, outside hitter of VakifBank ISTANBUL: "It’s an incredible feeling! You don’t have any kind of expectations when you come in to this kind of match. You just go in and try to play good. It’s easy with this kind of teammates. Everyone is supporting one another and makes it really fun."

Giovanni Guidetti, head coach of VakifBank ISTANBUL: "I don’t think about this match. I just think about this team. This year we were really down so many times, we got a lot of punches on the way, but they never gave up. We lost in the Turkish League semi-final and we came here after 10 days of great work, so I am really proud of these players."

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  • VakıfBank Qualified Perfectly11/11/2017

    VakıfBank Istanbul 3-0 Minchanka Minsk


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    11/11/2017

    VakıfBank Qualified Perfectly


    VakıfBank Istanbul 3-0 Minchanka Minsk
    Sets: 25-21, 25-16,25-16
    Duration: 1h 15min




    First 6 of VakifBank: Gözde Kırdar, Zhu Ting, Kübra Çalışkan, Naz Aydemir, Milena Rasic, Lonneke Sloetjes- Gizem Örge.
    First 6 of M. Minsk: Nadzeya Stoliar, Volha Palcheuskaya, Katsiaryna Sakolchyk, Aksana Kavalchuk, Nadzeya Smirnova, Anzelika Barysevich – Hanna Hryshkevich
    Top Scorer: Lonneke Sloetjes (14 pt.)
    Top Blocker: Zhu Ting (3)
    Top Block Points: Minchanka Minsk (9pt.)
    Top score difference: 10 pt. (3rd Set –VakıfBank-Minchanka Minsk: 23-13) 
    VakıfBank Team Captain Gözde Kırdar: It was not easy in Minsk, so we worked really hard after this match. Guidetti expected a better game today, so I am very happy we maket his happen. It’s all about confidence and teamwork. We will play better and better, after we get used to eachother with new players. I congratulate M. Minsk they really give effort and forced us. I think in group stage we will perform better quality and better volleyball. We sure want to win Champions League title again and we are focused as we focus every year to this goal. I feel very lucky to play in a volleyball temple like this.  

    Headcoach of VakıfBank Giovanni Guidetti:
    Our squad is stronger than M. Minsk. But Minsk performed great volleyball in this two games. I want to congratulate them. I am happy because of the result. But I am also aware that we need to play better volleyball. I trust my team so we will perform better volleyball in next games. I would to thank all our players and our fans.

    Headcoach of M. Minsk Viktar Hancharou: I want to say thanks to my team for their performance on the first and second sets. Also we are glad to play in this gym. VakifBank is the one of the top teams of Europe and World. It was very hard for us to play against such a team like them, because we have only Russian players in our squad. Both games in Minsk and in Istanbul were good experiences for us. The level of the players of VakifBank is much better than us, so they win. I wish good luck to VakifBank to win Champions League again.


  • VakifBank ISTANBUL is on the verge for the Champions League group stage11/10/2017

    VakifBank ISTANBUL will complete against Minchanka MINSK on 11th of November to qualify to Champions League group stage. 

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    11/10/2017

    VakifBank ISTANBUL is on the verge for the Champions League group stage

    VakifBank ISTANBUL will complete against Minchanka MINSK on 11th of November to qualify to Champions League group stage. The yellow-black’s win the first match (3-0). The second match takes place on VakifBank Spor Sarayi ISTANBUL on 17.00.


    VakifBank Istanbul:

    - Three-time titleholder and last Champions of the CEV Champions League 
    - Two-time titleholder of the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship.
    - Unbeaten in last 11 games in a row in CEV Champions League . Starting from 14/12/2016.

    First match result: Minchanka MINSK 0-3 VakifBank Istanbul. 
    First match top scorer: Zhu Ting (18 pt.)
    Team Captain Gözde Kırdar:  We had a very good game in the first game. Of course there were moments when we were struggling against a team we did not know. This match is very important for us to get in the Champions League group stage. We will do our best. We expecting all our fans on Saturday.

    Head Coach of VakifBank ISTANBUL Giovanni Guidetti: Although we have won the first game 3-0, we have to be careful in the second leg match. Result of the match in Belarus seemed easy to maintain but we were forced on the first set. We should not lose in the second game. The first game may be 3-0 but there is nothing to gain. If we want to participate in the Champions League group stage, we have to win this game.

  • Milena Rasic has sign a new contract to stay at VakıfBank5/24/2017

    Milena Rasic has signed a new contract with VakıfBank. The Serbian middle-blocker was in the dream team of the CEV Champions League 2017 and also won silver medal in 2016 Rio Olympic Games with Serbian National Team.

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    5/24/2017

    Milena Rasic has sign a new contract to stay at VakıfBank

    Milena Rasic has signed a new contract with VakıfBank. The Serbian middle-blocker was in the dream team of the CEV Champions League 2017 and also won silver medal in 2016 Rio Olympic Games with Serbian National Team.

    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 team with 1 European Champions championship, 1 European Championship Bronze Medal, 1 World Cup Silver Medal, 3 European League and 2 World Grand Prix 2nd place. Milena was also performed in 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games with her National team and won Silver Medal in 2016. Milena also achieved , 1 CEV Champions League title, 1 Turkish League and 1 Turkish Super Cup title and 1 World Championship with VakıfBank.

  • Kelsey Robinson has signed with VakıfBank5/22/2017

    After closing this season with CEV Champions League and FIVB World Club Championship titles, VakıfBank is actively engaging with transfers. The famous USA national team player Kelsey Robinson is the first transfer to sign a contract with the club for the upcoming season.

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    5/22/2017

    Kelsey Robinson has signed with VakıfBank

    After closing this season with CEV Champions League and FIVB World Club Championship titles, VakıfBank is actively engaging with transfers. The famous USA national team player Kelsey Robinson is the first transfer to sign a contract with the club for the upcoming season.

    VakıfBank’s first transfer movement was carried out with the American outside-hitter and a contract is now signed between both parties. Kelsey; born on the 5th of June, 1992 will wear the VakıfBank shirt and join the team to take part in major European and World Championship tournaments.

    Kelsey has many successes in her current sports career, here are some of these:
    2017 CEV Champions League: the best outside-hitter
    2016 Olympic Games (Bronze Medal)
    2015 World Grand Prix: the best second outside-hitter
    2014 FIVB World Championship (Gold Medal)

    Bronze medalist at 2016 Olympic Games as she was a key reserve in the back row with some time spent playing outside hitter, scoring 30 points without a start in eight matches.
    Named Second Best Outside Spiker for 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix after leading the Finals in Receiving with a 80.5 efficiency percent.
    Chosen Best Receiver at 2016 NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament as Team USA won gold and spot into 2016 Olympic Games.
    Selected to FIVB World Championship roster in her first season of competition with Team USA, which included four starts and averages of 3.05 points and 1.85 digs per set as the Americans won their first-ever World Championship.
    Named AVCA All-America First-Team as a senior at University of Nebraska in 2013.
    Made debut with Team USA at 2014 MOntreux Volley Masters, starting four of the matches and averaging 3.93 points per set.

  • Thank you Kimberly5/22/2017

    The contract between VakıfBank and Kimberly Hill, played last two season successfully, has expired.

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    5/22/2017

    Thank you Kimberly

    The contract between VakıfBank and Kimberly Hill, played last two season successfully, has expired. We would like to thank her as VakıfBank, for contributions to our achievements and for all good memories.

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