Kobe, Japan, May 9, 2017 - Hosts Hisamitsu Springs Kobe and Russian powerhouse Dinamo Moscow will close the second competition day at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship 2017. Both teams lost their opening matches in Pool A on Tuesday and will be looking for their first victory in the competition.
The Japanese team managed to win only one set against the club champions of South America, Rexona-SESC Rio de Janeiro from Brazil, suffering a 1-3 (16-25, 25-20, 16-25, 21-25) defeat.
Wild card entry Dinamo had a tough task against the reigning European club champions, VakifBank Istanbul from Turkey, and lost in straight sets – 0-3 (22-25, 19-25, 18-25).
This will be the first encounter between Hisamitsu Springs and Dinamo at the Club World Championship level.
Hisamitsu Springs Kobe (JPN)
- This is the fourth consecutive Club World Championship participation for Hisamitsu Springs. The Japanese club is hosting the competition for the first time.
- Hisamitsu Springs have played continuously at the Club World Championships since 2014. In their first three participations, they finished fifth in 2014 and 2015, and sixth in 2016.
- Hisamitsu Springs have played a total of 10 matches at the Club World Championships and have a 2-8 win-loss record.
- Hisamitsu Springs have met Russian teams at the Club World Championships on two occasions. Both times they lost in four sets – in 2014 to Dinamo Kazan and in 2015 to Dinamo Krasnodar.
Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
- Dinamo are making their first appearance in the Club World Championships. They were defeated in their debut match and have a 0-1 win-loss record.
- Dinamo’s Nataliya Goncharova scored 19 points so far to share the top honours in the Best Scorers ranking with two players from Brazil’s Osasco Voleibol Clube.
- Dinamo’s Maja Poljak holds the first position in the Best Blockers chart with six stuff blocks in three sets.