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Club Worlds get off to cracking start in Manila

 
Manila, Philippines, October 18, 2016 - Even the sun came in Manila Tuesday, to celebrate the start of the 2016 FIVB Women's Club World Championship - the 10th edition of the premier international club event. And what a start it was!

Already from the first of 20 games in the tournament, the records began to fall, as Rio 2016 Olympic champion and MVP Zhu Ting of China bagged 9 stuffs in VakifBank Istanbul's 27 overall - both new records in the history of the competition - against Hisamitsu Springs of Kobe.

A few short hours later, Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro middle blocker Carol improved on that with 10 stuffs against hosts PSL - F2 Logistics Manila.





VakifBank, the 2013 world champions, faltered a bit in the third set and allowed the Japanese to stay alive after a nerve-shattering 29-31, but the Turkish side prevailed in four to stay on track.

In the other Pool B game of the day, last year's Club World Championship bronze medallists Volero Zurich promptly did away with 2015 Asian Champions Bangkok Glass in straight sets.

Meanwhile, defending champions Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul opened their campaign with a remarkable show of power, thrashing reigning European champions Pomi Casalmaggiore in straight sets - a boost to the Turkish side's continuing rivalry with the Italians.

Although they were no match for Brazilian powerhouse Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro, hosts PSL - F2 Logistics Manila provided great entertainment for the large Filipino crowd. Though the plucky all-star team of the Philippines Super League displayed a marvelous fighting spirit, they did eventually go down in three sets to the reigning Brazilian and South American champions.





Pool play at the Mall of Asia Arena in the capital of the Philippines continues Wednesday with two more matches.




Summary Statistics - Manila 2016


Highest Scorer by Day
27 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October

Top Scoring Performances
28 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October
20 - Olesia Rykhliuk of Volero Zurich v Bangkok Glass on 18 October
18 - Tijana Boskovic of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 18 October

Top Individual Blocking Performances
10 - Carol Silva of Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v PSL - F2 Logistics Manila on October 18
9 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October
6 - Milena Rasic of VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October

Top Individual Serving Performances
3 - Olesia Rykhliuk of Volero Zurich v Bangkok Glass on 18 October
3 - Ashley Frazier of Bangkok Glass v Volero Zurich on 18 October
3 - Tijana Boskovic of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 18 October
3 - Monique Pavao of Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v PSL - F2 Logistics Manila on 18 October

Top Team Blocking Performances
27 - VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October
15 - Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v PSL - F2 Logistics Manila on October 18

Top Team Serving Performances
9 - Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v PSL F2 Logistics Manila on 18 October
6 - VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October
6 - Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 18 October

Highest Scoring Sets
31-29 - Hisamitsu Springs v VakifBank Istanbul on 18 October

Highest Scoring Matches
183 - VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October



Quick links:
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Website
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Results & Schedule
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Teams

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