Club Worlds entrants open Japan playoffs with wins


Triple block by Anastasia Guerra, Lorena Zuleta and Samnta Fabris of Pomi Casalmaggiore goes up to try and block Kelsey Robinson of Imoco Volley Conegliano in the Italian A1 League.

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 12, 2017 - Imoco Volley Conegliano consolidated their lead of the Italian women's Samsung Gear A1 League with a 3-1 (26-24, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21) win at home over second-placed and reigning European champions Pomi Casalmaggiore Sunday night.

Led by Robin de Kruijf of the Netherlands who scored 18 points, Conegliano outblocked their opponents 15 stuffs to 10 and produced more stable reception to clinch the tie. Samanta Fabris was top scorer of the game with 21 points for Pomi.

With six rounds left to play in the Regular Season, Conegliano lead the race, four points ahead of Pomi.

Club Worlds entrants open Japan playoffs with wins
Sarina Koga with 16 points (including 5 blocks) led reigning Asian Champions NEC Red Rockets of Kawasaki, who will be representing the continent at the 2017 FIVB Club World Champions 8-14 May in Kobe, to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19) sweep of Hitachi Rivale, as the Japan V.Premier League Playoffs opened this weekend.

USA's Cursty Jackson was top scorer for the losers with 14 points.

Club Worlds hosts Hisamitsu Springs of Kobe, meanwhile, also opened their Playoffs campaign with a win, after Miyu Nagaoka scored 26 points in their 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 18-16) domination of Toyota Auto Body Queenseis, who had Azerbaijan's Polina Rahomova score an incredible 41 points.

Situation unchanged in Turkey
In Turkey, all the top favourites enjoyed a comfortable weekend, with table leaders VakifBank Istanbul shutting out Sariyer Belediyesi 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) and coach Giovanni Guidetti got the chance to rest most of his regular starters as Gozde Kirdar led the scoring with 12 points and Melis Durul added another 11.

Reigning world champions Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, who trail VakifBank in the Turkish League, had a rough time for three sets, but defeated Canakkale Belediyesi 3-1 (30-28, 25-23, 15-15, 25-14) - again with Massimo Barbolini keeping some of his key starters on the bench. Hande Baladin was top scorer for the winners with 13 points and Busra Kilicli added another 12.

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