Shaoxing, China, December 3, 2018 - Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul of Turkey take on Altay Volleyball Club of Kazakhstan in their first match in the 2018 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship.Head-to-Head
· Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul and Altay Volleyball Club meet for the first time at the Club World Championship as Altay are making their debut in the competition.
· Eczacibasi play a team from Kazakhstan for the first time at the Club World Championship.Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul
· Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul make their fourth appearance at the Club World Championship. Only Osasco (6), Voléro Zürich (5) and Vakifbank Istanbul (5 in 2018) have made more appearances.
· Eczacibasi won the competition in 2015 and 2016, while placing fourth in 2017.
· Their two titles are a joint-record in the competition, alongside Vakifbank (2013, 2017).
· Eczacibasi have lost their last two matches at the Club World Championship, a 3-1 defeat to Vakifbank in the semifinals and a 3-2 loss against Voléro Zürich in the third-place decider.
· Eczacibasi have lost all three Club World Championship matches in which they lost the opening set.
· Eczacibasi have won the Turkish Volleyball League (since 1983) a record 17 times, but not since 2011/12. They won the Champions League in 2014/15.Altay Volleyball Club
· Altay Volleyball Club are making their debut at the Club World Championship.
· Altay are the first team from Kazakhstan to participate at the Club World Championship, on either the men's or women's side.
· Altay won the national title in Kazakhstan in 2017/18. They also won the 2017 and 2018 Kazakhstan Cup.
· Altay have finished fourth in the last three editions of the Asian club championship.