Kobe, Japan, May 13, 2017 - The most decorated team in the history of the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championships, Brazil’s Osasco Voleibol Clube, will face the absolute competition rookies from Russia’s Dinamo Moscow in the fifth place match of the 2017 edition in Kobe, Japan on Sunday, after both squads managed to win their classification 5-8 semifinals against Japanese teams on Saturday.
Dinamo allowed the other rookie team at the tournament, NEC Red Rockets Kawasaki, to win their first set in the competition, but ended up claiming a 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18) victory.
Osasco were more convincing against tournament hosts Hisamitsu Springs Kobe and cruised to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) shutout.
This will be the first encounter between Dinamo and Osasco at the Club World Championship level.
Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
- Dinamo have played a total of four matches at the Club World Championships. Their win-loss record so far is balanced at 2-2.
- Dinamo’s Maja Poljak tops the current Best Blockers individual ranking of the tournament with an average of 1.71 stuff blocks per set.
- Dinamo’s libero Anna Malova is the leader of the Best Diggers ranking with an average of 2.14 digs per set.
Osasco Voleibol Clube (BRA)
- This is the first time Osasco Voleibol Clube appear at a Club World Championship without earning a medal.
- Osasco are the most decorated club in the history of the Club World Championships. They have taken part in five editions and medalled on all five occasions – one gold (2012), two silver (2010, 2014) and two bronze (1994, 2011) medals.
- Since they returned to the competition in 2010, Osasco have played a total of 20 matches at the Club World Championships for a 12-8 win-loss record.