Flashback: Boskovic rules heavy-hitting showdown at Women’s Club World Championship


Tijana Boskovic of Serbia won MVP and Best Opposite honours in the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship in Manila, Philippines

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 2, 2017 – Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Tijana Boskovic of Serbia ruled the field of strong-hitting players as she was crowned the Most Valuable Player and Best Opposite in the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship in Manila, Philippines.

The Serbian lefty guided Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul to a consecutive championship win in the Women’s Club World Championship, following their 3-2 finish in the gold medal match against Italy’s Pomi Casalmaggiore.

The then 19-year old opposite spiker led a Dream Team of stars that excelled in the 10th edition, topping Zhu Ting of Vakifbank, her scoring charts nemesis. Zhu claimed the Best Outside Spiker award along with Boskovic’s teammate Tatiana Kosheleva.

Zhu emerged as the top scorer for the second time in the history of the Women’s Club World Championship, when she tallied 103 points to contribute to VakifBank’s bronze medal finish; while Kosheleva’s exceptional performance on offence helped Eczacibasi to win the title, including scoring the championship-winner from her serve.

Olesia Rykhliuk of Volero Zurich also put on a challenge, finishing as second best scorer in the tournament with a total of 97 points, while Lonneke Sloetjes of VakifBank led the attacking statistical charts with a success rate of 43.51 per cent.

Samanta Fabris of Pomi Casalmaggiore, Gabriela Guimaraes of Rexona Sesc Rio, Miyu Nagaoka of Hisamitsu Springs and Foluke Akinradewo of Volero Zurich also fared well in the scoring and attack departments. 

The 11th edition of the Women’s Club World Championship will take place in Kobe, Japan from May 9 to 14.


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