Kobe, Japan, May 12, 2017 –VakifBank Instabul, Rexona-SESC Rio, Volero Zurich and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul established their places in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship Kobe 2017 semifinals, following their victories on the final day of the preliminary round.
VakifBank preserved their unbeaten record in the tournament after they completed their sweep of host club Hisamitsu Springs 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-22).
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Rexona-SESC Rio claimed the available semifinal spot in Pool A, when they defeated Dinamo Moscow in the tight 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23) contest.
Volero Zurich reigned in Pool A after their sweep of Brazilian club Osasco Voleibol Clube 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-18). The Swiss club is showing great consistency, without dropping any sets in the preliminary round.
Meanwhile, Eczacibasi Istanbul got the last spot in the semifinals draw. Eczacibasi are still in the running to achieve a three-peat in the Women’s Club World Championship. They started their campaign this year with a loss to Volero Zurich, but came back with a 3-1 win over Osasco Voleibol Clube on the second day and a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-16) win over NEC Red Rockets.
Eczacibasi will face their Turkish rivals VakifBank in the semifinals – a repeat of Manila 2016 semifinal match-up, where Eczacibasi won in four sets. The two Istanbul-based clubs will play at 12:55 local time.
Eczacibasi Istanbul defeated NEC Rockets to make another appearance in the final four
In the other semifinal match, Volero Zurich will go up against Rexona-SESC Rio at 15:40.
Volero Zurich recorded a superb 3-0 win over Dinamo Moscow to top Pool B
Gozde Kirdar contributed 15 points in the straight-set win of VakifBank Istanbul
The last time these two teams met was at Zurich 2015, where Volero finished with a bronze medal. Last year, Volero Zurich and Rexona-SESC missed the podium, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Day 4’s opening match will be between Dinamo Moscow and NEC Red Rockets at 10:10, while the last match of the day will be between Osasco Voleibol Clube and hosts Hisamitsu Springs at 19:10.