South American and European champs face to face in battle for second win in Kobe


Kobe, Japan, May 9, 2017 - The two teams that won the two Pool A matches on the first competition day of the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship will face each other on the second day in a battle for their second victory. The club champions of South America, Rexona-SESC Rio de Janeiro from Brazil, and the club champions of Europe, VakifBank Istanbul from Turkey, will lock horns on Wednesday afternoon in Kobe.

Rexona-SESC started off their campaign at the Women's Club World Championship 2017 in Japan with a 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21) victory over tournament hosts Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on Tuesday.

Earlier on the same day, VakifBank opened the competition with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-18) shutout of Russia’s Dinamo Moscow.

These two teams have met twice at the Club World Championships level, both at the 2013 edition in Zurich. VakifBank claimed a 3-1 win during the pool stage and a 3-0 victory in the final.

Rexona-SESC Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
- Rexona-SESC have taken part in three editions of the Club World Championship, earning a silver medal in 2013. In 2015 they finished in fourth place and in 2016 they ended up fifth. 
- For Rexona-SESC, this will be the 15th match at the Club World Championships. So far, they have won eight and lost six games.
- Two of Rexona-SESC’s players, Monique Marinho Pavao and Drussyla Andressa Felix Costa, are among the three best scorers on the first competition day, each with 19 points.
- Libero Fabiana Oliveira tops the competition’s Best Diggers chart. 

VakifBank Istanbul (TUR)
- VakifBank have medalled at all their three participations in the Club World Championships - gold in 2013, silver in 2011 and bronze in 2016.
- VakifBank have played a total of 14 matches in the history of the Club World Championships and have an 11-3 win-loss record.
- After the first competition day, VakifBank’s Naz Aydemir Akyol leads the tournament’s Best Setters ranking.



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