Zhu spearheads VakifBank win for Kobe 2017 title


Zhu Ting steers VakifBank Istanbul to a straight-set win in the final of the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship

Kobe, Japan, May 14, 2017 – Zhu Ting’s offence ran like clockwork as she led VakifBank Istanbul’s charge against Rexona-SESC Rio 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21) to win the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship title at Green Arena Kobe on Sunday.

Zhu led all scorers with 19 points, including 16 attacks and three blocks. Three more players scored in double-figures for VakifBank to lead a completely dominating frontline. Kimberly Hill, Lonneke Sloetjes and Milena Rasic recorded 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

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Monique Pavao led the Rexona-SESC offence with nine attacks and an ace, but the six other scorers were limited to score in single-digit outputs. Gabriela Guimaraes and Drussyla Costa were reduced to score only nine and eight points, respectively, as their rivals mounted solid net defence.

Zhu Ting and her VakifBank Istanbul team-mates are ecstatic for their 3-1 win over Rexona-SESC Rio in the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship

VakifBank effectively ran their plays, which helped them to gain edge in the match with their first set win. Rexona-SESC started the second set with an advantage, but VakifBank made a comeback late in the set and completed the consecutive win from Sloetjes’ spike. VakifBank and Rexona-SESC endured a set full of deadlocks and lead changes but the Turkish club managed to break away after 19-all. VakifBank showed patience in the last few plays that ensured them the gold medal win at 25-21.


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