VakifBank started with a home win

VakifBank claim Istanbul derby after four closely-fought sets

VakifBank started with a home win

VakifBank claim Istanbul derby after four closely-fought sets

Luxembourg, December 14, 2017. VakifBank ISTANBUL claimed the eagerly anticipated derby with Galatasaray SK ISTANBUL (3-1; 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24) to start their journey in the pool stage of the 2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women in emphatic style. VakifBank are chasing their fourth title in Europe’s elite club competition, but first have to progress to the Playoffs 6 before setting their sights on another continental crown.


• The Chinese star player of VakifBank, Zhu Ting, top scored with 25 points.
• Milena Rasic and Sinead Jack killed five blocks apiece for VakifBank and Galatasaray, respectively.
• VakifBank scored as many as 13 blocks.
• VakifBank looked incredibly dominant in the second set, where they had an edge of 10 points (18-8) over their rivals.
• Galatasaray played their first Champions League match since the 2013 Final Four – which they hosted in Istanbul and where they had to settle for fourth place. Back then, VakifBank had won their second title in the competition.

Kelsey Robinson, player of VakifBank:
“The first match in the group stage of the CEV Champions League is always tough. Therefore, the Galatasaray match was also tough. In the first set, our opponent played very good, especially in attack. However, I think that we responded very well to their challenge. In the third set, I think we relaxed a little bit but in the final set, we fought for every point and we eventually won.”

 Giovanni Guidetti, head coach of VakifBank: “You cannot expect an easy victory from this kind of matches. Our opponent Galatasaray is a very strong team. We should have won 3-0 and I am a little bit upset because of the third set. We gave away as many as 15 points to Galatasaray. In the final set, on the other hand, we fought for every point. We won this game because we deserved it. Details are always important to me.”

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    VakifBank in the semi-finals

    The last world champion VakifBank Women's Volleyball Team defeated French team Volero Le Cannet by 3-0 in the second match of FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship with the set scores of 25-21, 25-15, 25-17. The Yellow-Blacks qualified for the semi-finals with two victories in two matches. 


    The top scorers of VakifBank were Zhu Ting (23), Ebrar Karakurt (16) and Kelsey Robinson (12).


    The libero of Yellow-Blacks, Gizem Orge, was chosen as the most valuable player of the match (MVP).


    VakıfBank will meet with Brazilian team Minas on their last game in Group A on Friday, 7 December at GTM 12:00.


    MATCH STATISTICS
    VAKIFBANK-VOLERO LE CANNET: 3-0
    HALL:
    Shaoxing Olympic Sports Center
    REFEREES: Nathanon Sowapark (Thailand), Jiang Liu (China)
    VAKIFBANK: Cansu 1, Zhu 23, Kelsey 12, Ebrar 16, Milena 4, Zehra 9, Gizem (L)
    VOLERO LE CANNET: Lazarenko 4, Dimitrova 4, Hasanova 6, Bjelica 15, Mori 3, Unternahrer 8, Giardino (L), Todorova 1, Kornienko, Ortschitt
    SETS: 25-21, 25-15, 25-17
    TIME SETS: 74 minute (26', 25', 23')

    VAKIFBANK STATISTICS

    First Six:
    Cansu Ozbay, Zhu Ting, Kelsey Robinson, Ebrar Karakurt, Milena Rasic, Zehra Gunes, Gizem Orge (L)

    Top Scorer: Zhu Ting (23)
     
    VakifBank Total Blocks: 9

    Top Blocker: Zhu Ting (3)

    VakifBank's Ace Points: 4

    REMARKS:

    Giovanni Guidetti:
    I like the performance of our team on the defense. That's why I'm so happy. In this match, our opponent tried very hard but we fought for each ball in the field and we managed to win. I am very happy with the physical condition of the team. We're playing with three players under 20. This is very valuable for our club. We want to increase our performance in every match.

    Kelsey Robinson: We made a very fast entry to the first set of this match. Our block and defense are evolving in every game. I think we had managed a very good fight in this encounter. We look forward to other matches as a team.


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    The last world champion VakıfBank Women's Volleyball Team defeated the Chinese representative Zhejiang with 20-25, 13-25 and 13-25 sets in the first match.

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    VakifBank start with a win

    The last world champion VakıfBank Women's Volleyball Team defeated the Chinese representative Zhejiang with 20-25, 13-25 and 13-25 sets in the first match at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship in Shaoxing, China.

    The top scorers of the VakifBank were Ebrar Karakurt (17), Zhu Ting (16) and Milena Rasic (12).

    Yellow-blacks, will face with French team of Volera Le Cannet tomorrow at GTM 09:00 in the second match of Group A.

    MATCH STATISTICS
    ZHEJIANG-VAKIFBANK: 0-3

    HALL: Shaoxing Olympic Sports Center
    REFEREES: Patricia Rolf (ABD), Shin Muranaka (Japonya)
    ZHEJIANG: Hanyu 3, W.Na 5, Ying Li 2, Zhu Y.Z. 5, Yanhan 4, Kaiyi 8, W. Mengjie (L), Jiarong 1, Yuxiao, Mengyue
    VAKIFBANK: Cansu 2, Zhu 16, Kelsey 6, Ebrar 17, Milena 12, Zehra 8, Gizem (L)
    SETS: 20-25, 13-25, 13-25
    TIME SETS: 75 minute (23', 22', 25')


    VAKIFBANK STATISTICS

    First Six: Cansu Özbay, Zhu Ting, Kelsey Robinson, Ebrar Karakurt, Milena Rasic, Zehra Güneş, Gizem Örge (L)

    Top Scorer: Ebrar Karakurt (17)
     
    VakıfBank Total Blocks: 16

    Top Blocker: Milena Rasic (5)

    VakifBank's Ace Points: Ebrar Karakurt (2)

    REMARKS

    Giovanni Guidetti:
    We played very well as a team today. At the end of the first set, we made a difference in the block and defender. My players played during the match without losing their concentration and they achieved a very good win. It is really exciting to play in such a tournament. The tribunes were almost full. It is a great feeling to play in front of supporters who support VakıfBank. Like we were at home. We will continue to enjoy this atmosphere.

    Melis Gürkaynak: It was very important to start the championship with a victory. We are very happy to win. The atmosphere in the hall was very nice. We enjoyed being in the field a lot. I would like to thank all the Chinese fans who came here and cheered for us.

    Zhu Ting: I am very excited to have played this championship in my country. We had a very good performance in today's match. Hopefully we will continue to get good results in the tournament.


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    12/3/2018

    VakifBank takes the stage on World Championship

    VakifBank Women's Volleyball Team takes the stage in the FIVB Clubs World Championship in Shaoxing, China to be the world leader for the second consecutive and third time in total. The team will compete in Group A with Zhejiang (China), Volero Le Cannet (France) and Minas Tenis Clube (Brazil), and will face Zhejiang in its first match at TSI 15:00 tomorrow.

    We are going to play our best game
    VakifBank head coach Giovanni Guidetti said, “After a long journey, we did our work here. We came here by playing three games in six days. We are fighting at a very intense pace but as VakifBank we are used to it. We work with the awareness of this. We are ready for the World Championship as a team. I am sure we will have one of our best tournaments here. There are strong teams in the tournament; we will not play easy matches here. But we are VakifBank and are aware of our strength. We are physically and mentally ready for the championship”.


    We want to be the biggest for the third time
    VakifBank Captain Melis Gurkaynak said, '' We came here after a very intense match program. We played matches in a row and completed them without loss. We started the season very well as a team. After the matches we won in the league and in Europe, we are now in China for the World Championship. As VakifBank, we want to be the biggest team in the world for the third time. As a team, we have completely concentrated on this. Chinese people like volleyball. We have a big audience here and we are very happy because of the interest shown to us. We are waiting for our fans to the games ahead”.




    VAKIFBANK MATCH PROGRAM
    DATE MATCH TIME (TSI)

    Tomorrow Zhejiang-VakifBank    15:00
    December 5, Wednesday VakifBank-Volero Le Cannet    09:00
    December 7, Friday VakifBank-Minas Tenis Clube    12:00



    VAKIFBANK SPORTS CLUB SQUAD
    NO PLAYER POSITION
    1 Gizem Orge Libero
    3 Cansu Ozbay Pasör
    5 Zhu Ting Smaçör
    6 Kubra Akman Orta Oyuncu
    7 Kelsey Robinson Smaçör
    8 Melis Gurkaynak Orta Oyuncu
    9 Ayca Aykac Libero
    10 Lonneke Slöetjes Pasör Çaprazı
    11 Buket Gulubay Pasör
    12 Derya Cebecioglu Smaçör
    15 Ebrar Karakurt Pasör Çaprazı
    16 Milena Rasic Orta Oyuncu
    17 Tugba Senoglu Smaçör
    18 Zehra Gunes Orta Oyuncu


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    11/26/2018

    The Weekly Results of Youth Teams

    Our Youth Teams played only in one age category last week. 

    VakifBank B Team 3 – 0 Arnavutköy (25-16, 25-19, 25-18)

    UPS 0 - 3 VakifBank U16 (11-25, 13-25, 16-25)

    The match fixture of B, U18 and U11 team for next week:


           DAY                       TIME                                          MATCH                            
    28 November 2018         18:15 Beşiktaş-VakifBank (U18)
    02 December 2018     18:00 Kartal Belediyesi-VakıfBank (B Team)
    02 December 2018         19:30 VakifBank-Akademi Istanbul (U11)

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    The last champion of Turkish League, VakifBank Women Volleyball Team has defeated Nilüfer Belediyespor with a 3-0 victory in VakifBank Spor Sarayi with the set scores as 25-14, 25-20 and 25-20 in the sixth week of the league.

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    11/25/2018

    Another victory from VakifBank

    The last champion of Turkish League, VakifBank Women Volleyball Team has defeated Nilüfer Belediyespor with a 3-0 victory in VakifBank Spor Sarayi with the set scores as 25-14, 25-20 and 25-20 in the sixth week of the league.

    The top scorers of the VakifBank were Lonneke Slöetjes (16), Milena Rasic (13) and Kelsey Robinson (11).

    The Yellow-Blacks will face Kameroğlu Beylikdüzü Voleybol Ihtisas on 27'th November Thurday at 18:00 in VakifBank Spor Sarayi.
     
    MATCH STATISTICS
    VAKIFBANK-NILUFER BLD: 3-0
    HALL: VakifBank Spor Sarayı
    REFEREES: Ramazan Çevik, Mete Korkut
    VAKIFBANK: Cansu 1, Kelsey 11, Milena 13, Lonneke 16, Tuğba 10, Kübra 3, Ayça (L), Ebrar 4, Buket, Derya 1
    NILUFER BLD: Buse, Bailey 9, Özge 7, Bytsenko 3, Lazic 3, Hazal 5, Aylin (L), Aslı, Çağla, Elif 5, Hande 4
    SETS: 25-14, 25-20, 25-20
    TIME SETS: 79 minute (23', 28', 28')

    VAKIFBANK STATISTICS

    First Six:
    Cansu Özbay, Kelsey Robinson, Milena Rasic, Lonneke Slöetjes, Tuğba Şenoğlu, Kübra Akman, Ayça Aykaç (L)

    Top Scorer: Lonneke Slöetjes (16)

    VakıfBank Total Blocks: 10

    Top Blocker: Milena Rasic (6)

    VakifBank's Ace Points: 3


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