VakıfBank earn wild card for Women’s Club World Championship

Turkish Volleyball giants VakifBank Istanbul conquer third of four wild cards at stake for the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World in Manila from October 18 to 23. Giovanni Guidetti’s star-studded squad want to recover the most coveted trophy in club Volleyball after their success in 2013...

VakıfBank earn wild card for Women’s Club World Championship

Turkish Volleyball giants VakıfBank conquer third of four wild cards at stake for the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World in Manila from October 18 to 23. Giovanni Guidetti’s star-studded squad want to recover the most coveted trophy in club Volleyball after their success in 2013.

The FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship is coming closer with great strides and Volleyball fans around the world have already marked the days from October 18 to 23 in their calendars.

Exactly 117 days before the first serve, the Organising Committee of the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship together with the FIVB have unveiled that another Volleyball titan is going to join the outstanding starting field as VakıfBank are going to vie for the most coveted trophy in women’s club Volleyball too. The reigning Turkish champions receive the third of four wild cards at stake for the tournament to be held in the Philippine capital Manila.

The top squad from the Bosporus have been one of the most successful clubs in the world over the last years. Under Giovanni Guidetti’s lead, the Turks have always made the podium in the CEV Champions League in the last four seasons. In 2013, the Turks even made their mark not only by mounting the throne of the CEV Champions League but also by claiming the crown of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship for the first time. The season eventually went down in history as the best in the club history with five out of five national and international titles – a novelty in Turkish Volleyball.

In the past season, however, the Turks were not able to answer the high expectations of their fans as they fell 0:3 to Final Four hosts Pomì Casalmaggiore in the CEV Champions League gold medal game. A big bummer for the Volleyball giants, who are normally spoiled by success. The Volleyball titans from the Bosporus, therefore, are poised to bounce back in the upcoming season and remount the throne of the most prestigious club tournament in women’s Volleyball after three years.

And the Turks are going to start at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship with an impressive roster. Star coach Giovanni Guidetti is spoilt for choice. The successful manager from Italy has some of the most celebrated Volleyball players in the world. The biggest stars in the roster of the reigning Turkish champs are captain and wing spiker Gözde Kırdar as well as setter Naz Aydemir Akyol. Under Guidetti’s lead, both of them have become role models for a whole generation of young Turkish Volleyball players. Furthermore, the Turks can count on US national player and almost unstoppable wing spiker Kimberly Hill, MVP of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Italy.

On the transfer market, on the other hand, VakıfBank scored another coup some weeks ago. The Turks signed Chinese wing spiker Zhu Ting. The player from the Middle Kingdom has made herself a name under living Volleyball legend Lang Ping in the Chinese national team. At the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup in 2015, Zhu Ting was also awarded the MVP trophy after an overwhelming performance and also promises a sensational offensive game at VakıfBank.

One of the aspiring and very promising youngsters to keep in mind for the next years is Kübra Akman. The 21-year-old middle-blocker has proven herself not only in the star-studded team of VakıfBank, but also in Turkey’s senior national team. Akman has already become a cornerstone in the team of the Turkish champs and has made herself a name for an impressive vision of the blocking game.

VakıfBank are poised to take the trophy back to Istanbul after the triumph of their arch-rivals Eczacıbaşı VitrA. At the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, however, the Turks will have to lock horns with some of the other Volleyball giants first. VakıfBank will have to prove themselves against the hosting “Philippine’s Super Liga All Stars”, AVC champs Bangkok Glass, reigning CEV Champions League titleholders Pomì Casalmaggiore, South American champs Rexona AdeS Rio de Janeiro, titleholders Eczacıbaşı VitrA, last year’s bronze medallists Volero Zürich, and one other wild-card team due to be announced next week.

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    Dresden, Germany, February 8, 2017. Even with two more matches to play in the group stage of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women, German champions DRESDNER SC are already out of contention for a spot in the Playoffs. On Wednesday night, they indeed lost their fourth consecutive match in Pool D. In front of 3,000 spectators at Margon Arena, DRESDNER SC lost to VakifBank ISTANBUL for the second time in as many matches. The team of head coach Giovanni Guidetti took three points following a comprehensive 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-12) win to keep a perfect record and the top position in the group.

    In the first set Alexander Waibl, head coach of DRESDNER SC, tried to encourage his girls from the side-line, urging them to play with confidence and to try to hit hard against the Turkish powerhouse. His team followed his instructions and played well until 10-11 when opposite Liz McMahon blocked the gold medallist and MVP of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Zhu Ting. However, shortly afterwards VakifBank stepped up and it was the Chinese superstar who scored some beautiful points and propelled her team to an 18-11 lead. Alexander Waibl reacted by asking his second time-out. At the end of the set, the hosts cancelled three set points for VakifBank, but Milena Rasic scored the final point for 25-18. 

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    1/26/2017

    VakifBank has hurry to win three points

    VakifBank Spor Sarayı has hosted the third game of the 2017 CEV Champions League Women Group D, between VakifBank ISTANBUL and DRESDNER SC. While VakifBank ISTANBUL winning the game as 3:0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-11) Kimberly Hill became the top scorer with 19 points (4 blocks). Also Lonneke Sloetjes added 15 points and Zhu Ting concluded 14 points.

    The last Turkish and German champions has met in Istanbul and the home team has won the game in 67 minutes. VakifBank ISTANBUL started the game with Cansu Ozbay, Zhu Ting, Milena Rasic, Lonneke Sloetjes, Özge Nur Yurtdagülen and Gizem Örge (L) line up. Alexander Waibl, the head coach of DRESDNER SC, assigned Lucie Smutna, Katie Rolfzen, Brittnee Cooper, Amber Rolfzen, Katharina Schwabe, jennifer Cross and Myrtle Schoot. 

    VakifBank ISTANBUL blocked 10 attacks of DRESDNER SC and won 6 points from services. Beside these, the yellow-black team has executed 45 points from 82 attacks (%55). With this 3 points, VakifBank ISTANBUL kept their top position in the group.

    After the game the Italian born head coach of VakifBank ISTANBUL said “I am happy about the focus of my team, we pushed every ball and tried to play perfect every ball. We tried to do our best and what we have trained every day. I hope we can keep our winning rhythm and complete this tough group at top position. DRESDNER SC pushed in services and they put us a little bit trouble at second set. But it was pretty good match.”

    The top scorer of the game Kimberly Hill added “DRESDNER SC is actually good team and we knew they serving and defense very very well. We focused our side to our game and did pretty good job. That’s why we won the game in third set. Our group is really tough and we know every single set is valuable. So we have to win three more games to reach to next stage.”

    The head coach of DRESDNER SC “We played against a good team today and they played well today. Unfortunately we couldn’t put our best and lost the game. We didn’t have the chance to win the game but we could play better today.”  

  • VakıfBank aims to maintain the leadership advantage1/24/2017

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    VakıfBank aims to maintain the leadership advantage

    VakıfBank ISTANBUL, leading the 2017 CEV Champions League Women Group D, is ready to play against DRESDER SC on 25th of January at VakıfBank Spor Sarayı, Istanbul. After first two games of the group, VakıfBank has collected 5 points and holds the top position.

    Turkish League’s undefeated leader VakıfBank ISTANBUL, has won 62 games in last 70 CEV Champions League games since 2010. This season, they are ahead of the closest follower, Eczacıbaşı VitrA ISTANBUL, with one point.

    The yellow-black team has defeated Uralochka NTMK EKATERINBURG at the opening game of the group with a result 3-1. At the second game they meet with their arch-rival, Eczacıbaşı VitrA ISTANBUL, and won two points with the result, 3-2.

    The head coach of VakıfBank ISTANBUL, Giovanni Guidetti said “Like every game in the CEV Champions League, the upcoming game is very important to us. In our group winning a single set is valuable. So we have to be prepared for all our matches as like a final. Against DRESDNER SC we have to give our best for 3 points. We have a little advantage in this group and want to maintain this”.

    The youngster setter of VakıfBank ISTANBUL, Cansu Özbay added “The group leadership is very important to be able to walk to our Final Four goal. We also have to win against DRESDNER SC to maintain the advantage we have achieved by winning our first two games. We feel ready for this as always. I hope we will have three points at the end of the match”.

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    12/24/2016

    VakıfBank recorded 24 consecutive wins in Turkish League

    Lonneke Sloetjes scored 264 points

    The Guinness Record holder VakıfBank ISTANBUL with 73 consecutive wins in 2014, leads the first half of the Turkish League season 2016-17 as undefeated. VakıfBank ISTANBUL continue the consecutive wins in Turkish Leaguge with 24 games since the last season. The winning streak has began at the 16th week of Turkish League last season. During this period VakıfBank ISTANBUL’s Dutch star Lonneke Sloetjes scored 264 point. She also scored 32 points in a single match.


    VakıfBank ISTANBUL leads the first half of the Vestel Venus League of Sultans (Turkish League) as undefeated in 11 games and they continue their winning streak with 24 matches. The winning streak has begun in the 16th week game with a 3:0 win against Bursa Buyuksehir Belediyespor last season.

    In this 24 match winning streak some players performed outstanding statistics:

    In 24 games:

    Lonneke Sloetjes (264 points)

    Milena Rasic (224 points)

    Kimberly Hill (218 points)

    Kimberly Hill (30 ace)

    Milena Rasic (68 blocks)



    In a single game during this period:

    Lonneke Sloetjes (32 points - 2015-16 Final Stage 5th game against Galatasaray Daikin ISTANBUL)

    Kimberly Hill (5 ace - 2015-16 season 20tg week against İlbank ANKARA)

    Kübra Çalışkan (8 blocks - 2015-16 season last week game against İdmanocağı TRABZON)

  • VakıfBank started with home victory12/15/2016

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    VakıfBank started with home victory

    VakifBank ISTANBUL, which takes part in the 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women's Pool D, began the league round matches with a 3:1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-13) victory over Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG. The MVP of 2016 Olympic Games, Zhu Ting, completed the game 28 points. Beside this, the Serbian middle blocker Milena Rasic won 17 points (8 blocks).

    VakifBank started to game with Kubra Akman, Zhu Ting, Lonneke Sloetjes, Milena Rasic, Naz Aydemir Akyol, Gözde Kırdar and Gizem Örge. At the first set of the game, Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG has organized better than VakıfBank ISTANBUL and won the set 18-25.

    At the second set, the yellow-black team passed to technical time outs with lead and won the set with 25-20. After that, the last Turkish Champion found their rhythm and completed the third set with 9 points different, 25-16.

    With a big support of fans, VakıfBank ISTANBUL, started to the third set perfect and took the set under control. With Zhu Ting’s attacks and Milena Rasic’s blocks, VakıfBank ISTANBUL completed the set 25-13 and got the first three points of the season

    After the victory, head coach Giovanni Guidetti said: “We have started to the game with a little bit high tension. Because it was our first home game. Our opponents organized very well. They made just one mistake at the first set. But we found our rhythm somehow and started to make blocks. With this blocks and our effective serves we accomplished our mission and won our first game at home. To make 21 blocks against a team like Uralochka made me also happy.

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