Semifinals confirmed at Women's Club World Championship


Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul claimed victory against Praia Clube on Friday

Shaoxing, China, December 7, 2018 - Both Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul and VakifBank Istanbul claimed victories on the last day of pool play at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship to remain undefeated at the top of their respective pools and avoid an all-Turkish clash in the semifinals.

Saturday's matches in Shaoxing:

Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul defeated Praia Clube of Brazil 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21) to stay top of Pool B - though both teams were already qualified for the semifinals. In the third match of the day, VakifBank Istanbul defeated Brazilians Minas Tenis Clube 3-0 (25-23, 30-28, 25-18) to remain undefeated in Pool A.

In the two other matches played on Friday, Supreme Chonburi of Thailand were victorious against Altay Volleyball Club 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 25-17) and hosts Zhejiang Women's Volleyball won against Volero Le Cannet of France 3-2 (16-25, 25-19, 19-25, 26-24, 16-14).

Despite losing to reigning world champions VakifBank Istanbul, Minas Tenis Clube are qualified for the semifinals of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship.

Friday highlights:
• Turkish clubs Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul and VakifBank Istanbul won their third matches of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship on Friday to top their respective pools. Both teams were already qualified for the semifinals of the competition alongside Praia Clube and Minas Tenis Clube of Brazil.
• Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul will participate in the semifinals of the Women's Club World Championship for a fourth consecutive edition, after also winning the competition in 2015 and 2016. Reigning club world champions VakifBank Istanbul will participate in their third consecutive semifinals.
• In Pool A, Zhu Ting led the scoring for VakifBank Istanbul in their victory against Minas Tenis Clube with 18 points. Gabriela Guimaraes was the top scorer for the Brazilian club with 14 points. In the other match in the pool, Liu Yanhan scored 34 points for Zhejiang Women's Volleyball Club while Gergana Dimitrova led Volero Le Cannet with 18.
• In Pool B, Jordan Larson led the scoring for Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul with 24 points in their victory against Praia Clube, as Nicole Fawcett and Ana Carolina da Silva scored 11 points each for the Brazilian club. In the other match of the day, Wipawee Srithong led the scoring for Supreme Chonburi with 21 points, while Kristina Anikonova was Altay Volleyball Club's top scorer with 15.
• Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul leads the tournament scoring after three days of pool play with a total of 57 points, three more the Tijana Boskovic of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul and 7 more than Gabriela Guimaraes of Minas Tenis Clube.
• It was the first time any of these clubs were meeting at a Club World Championship.

Results & Match Centres of Friday:

Supreme Chonburi (THA) v Altay Volleyball Club (KAZ) 3-1
Praia Clube (BRA) v Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul (TUR) 1-3
VakifBank Istanbul (TUR) v Minas Tenis Clube (BRA) 3-0
Zhejiang Women’s Volleyball Club (CHN) v Volero Le Cannet (FRA) 3-2


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