Kobe, Japan, May 10, 2017 – Kenia Carcaces Opon performed solid offence to lead Volero Zurich to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 26-24) win over NEC Red Rockets in Pool B of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship Kobe 2017 at Green Arena Kobe on Wednesday.
Carcaces recorded 18 points, including 14 kills, three blocks and an ace; then Olesia Rykhliuk added 17 points to guarantee a semifinals seat in the tournament.
While Volero Zurich had eight players on the scoring column, the Japanese side only had five running their offence. NEC Red Rockets got 12 points from Sarina Koga, nine points each from Akari Oumi and Haruyo Shimamura, who scored all five of the team’s total blocks.
The Kawasaki-based club played a tactical game against the Swiss squad to overcome the latter’s height advantage. Volero Zurich had a difficult stint in the opening set as their rivals hustled on defence, but Rhykliuk helped out Carcaces on offence to easily take the second set.
NEC Red Rockets controlled the tempo in the third frame with excellent saves that gave them a big edge over Volero Zurich. However, Volero Zurich still prevailed as Rykhliuk and Foluke Akinradewo took over on offence down the stretch for the match sweep.