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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  • 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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