Valero Zurich, Eczacibasi Sweep Their Way Into Club World Semis

2017 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship

  • May 9-14, 2017
  • Kobe, Japan
  • Schedule
  • Live Streaming

Pool B

Volero Zurich def. Osasco 27-25, 25-22, 25-18

Eszacibasi Vitra def. NEC Red Rockets 25-22, 25-22, 25-16

 

Volero Zurich ran the table on Pool B finishing in the top spot with a 27-25, 25-22, 25-18 win over Brazilian side Volei Nestle Osasco Thursday night. Meanwhile, two-time defending champions Eczacibasi squeaked its way into the semifinals with a 3-0 set win over NEC Red Rockets.

The teams advance to the Women’s Club World Championship semifinals which will be played beginning at 2:40 a.m. ET Saturday. Eczacibasi will face Turkish league foes Vakifbank Istanbul at 2:40 a.m. followed by Volero Zurich (3-0) vs. Rexona at 6:10 a.m.

Volero Zurich vs. Volei Nestle Osasco

Volero outblocked Osasco 12-6 and served up five aces, while capitalizing on 17 opponent miscues in a 27-25, 25-22, 25-18 sweep.

“It was an interesting and nice game,” Volero coach Zoran Terzic said. “We were a bit stiff in the first set, but played more calm after that set and we confirmed clinching the semifinal spot. I am satisfied as we have won all three matches 3-0. Now we should focus on the semifinal tomorrow.”

Olesia Rhykliuk scored 12 points, with nine kills and three blocks for Volero. Kenia Carcaces added 11 points, all on kills. Irina Malkova managed a team-best four blocks. American Foluke Akinradewo added two kills for Volero.

Tandara Caixeta scored a match-high 14 points, all on kills, but it was not enough for Osasco. Ana Bjelica chipped in 10 points for the Brazilian side with seven kills, two aces and a block.

“We showed our volleyball in the first set,” Osasco coach Luizomar De Moura said. “It’s a pity we could not win because we led 23-20 in the first set. We had a chance to get back in the succeeding sets but we did not use it well. After that we just lost our confidence in the match. We need to address this in the future. From the statistics, we were able to play our volleyball to some extent. We just lost concentration in the second set and could not get it back.”

Volero led Set 1 early at 8-5 and 16-14, but Osasco rallied to go up 18-17 on a block by Danielle Lins. Trailing 23-20, Volero got help from a reception error and Carcaces kill to knot the score at 23. A hitting error appeared to give the Swiss side the 25-23 win, but it was challenged and overturned to make it 24-all. Another Carcaces kill gave Volero another set point chance at 25-24 and added two more putaways to clinch the 27-25 win. She had nine points in the stanza.

Osasco led 8-4 at the first technical timeout of Set 2, but Volero charged back to go ahead 15-12 on a block by Carcaces. The Swiss expanded the lead to seven at 21-14 with a block and continued on to the 25-22 win.

Volero led 17-11 midway through Set 3 with help from a trio of aces. The Swiss continued their domination, pushing ahead 21-14 en route to the 25-18 win.

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