Kobe, Japan, May 9, 2017 - Japan’s NEC Red Rockets Kawasaki and Switzerland’s Volero Zurich will meet on Wednesday, coming from the opposite ends of success on Tuesday’s first competition day in Pool B of the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship 2017 in Kobe.
The 2016 Asian club champions could not find enough strong arguments against the most decorated club in the history of the competition and suffered a 0-3 (11-25, 17-25, 19-25) loss to Brazil’s Osasco Voleibol Clube.
Volero, on the other hand, managed to shock the reigning two-time title-holders of the Women's Club World Championship, Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 26-24) upset.
This will be the first encounter between NEC Red Rockets and Volero at the Club World Championship level.
NEC Red Rockets Kawasaki (JPN)
- On Wednesday, NEC Red Rockets will play their second game in the history of the Club World Championships. On Tuesday, they opened their account to have a current 0-1 win-loss record.
- A Japanese team has never won a medal at the Women’s Club World Championships.
Volero Zurich (SUI)
- Volero have won one medal from their four previous participations in the Club World Championships - a 2015 bronze.
- Volero have played a total of 18 matches in the history of the competition and have a 10-8 win-loss record.
- At the Club World Championships level, Volero have played against a Japanese team only once. In the previous edition in 2016, they claimed a 3-0 victory over Hisamitsu Springs Kobe.