Vakıfbank TT set for world club final
ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News
Vakıfbank Türk Telekom will play for its first Club Championship title. REUTERS photo.Vakıfbank Türk Telekom is one win away from being crowned as the top volleyball team in the world.The Istanbul side advanced to the final of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club Championship by defeating Brazil’s Sollys Nestle Osasco 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 yesterday morning at Doha, Qatar.
Vakıfbank Türk Telekom will play in today’s final against the winner of the semifinal tie between Rabita Baku and Mirador Santo Domingo. The match was still on progress as the Hürriyet Daily News went to press.
Malgorzata Glinka sparked Vakıfbank Türk Telekom with a match-high 19 points, while Christiane Fuerst contributed 18 points. Sollys Nestle was led by Samara Almeida’s 12 points, followed by Ana Beatriz Correa, Ivna Marra and Adenizia Silva all with seven points.
Vakıfbank Türk Telekom held a 41-31 margin in attacks, as well as an 8-3 advantage in aces. Both teams produced nine blocks.
“I’m very happy with my team’s performance of not only today, but the whole competition,” coach Guido Guidetti said of his team’s final success. “Especially because we were only able to train once before the start of this championship.”
Guidetti was the coach of the silver-medal-winning German team in the European Women’s Volleyball Championships, where most of Vakıfbank Türk Telekom players were part of the Turkish national team as well. “After the European Championship, I was home in Istanbul one day with my club team before traveling to Doha for the FIVB Club World Championship,” Guidetti said. “After this tournament, I will spend 10 days before going to Japan.”