Kobe, Japan, May 9, 2017 – Swiss club Volero Zurich posted the biggest upset on the first day of competition in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship Kobe 2017 at Green Arena Kobe on Tuesday.
Volero Zurich are off to a good start in the tournament, following their triumph over two-time Women’s Club World Championship winners Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul in straight sets (25-22, 25-20, 26-24).
Volero Zurich were led by strong spikers Olesia Rykhliuk and Kenia Carcaces Opon, who combined for 29 points to outplay last year’s MVP and lone double-digit scorer of Eczacibasi, Tijana Boskovic. The Serbian opposite topped all scorers with 17 points.
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Meanwhile, VakifBank Istanbul and Osasco Volei Clube completed their matches with straight-set wins, but Rexona-SESC Rio got the hardest challenge of the day with a four-set win.
European champions VakifBank Istanbul overcame a shaky start and defeated Russian champions Dinamo Moscow 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-18).
In the match-ups between Japanese and Brazilian clubs, the latter showed their usual flair to beat the former in the tournament opener.
Osasco Voleibol Clube foiled NEC Red Rockets in their tournament debut 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-19), while Rexona-SESC Rio routed host club Hisamitsu Springs, which fought hard in the 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21) encounter.
The race is on as Rexona-SESC Rio and VakifBank Istanbul will go for solo leadership in Pool A at 12:55 local time on Wednesday, May 10; then the last match of the day at 19:10 is between Hisamitsu Springs and Dinamo Moscow, which will face-off to earn their first win in the tournament.
In Pool B, Eczacibasi will fight Osasco Voleibol Clube at 10:10 to stay in contention; while Volero Zurich will play against NEC Red Rockets at 15:40.