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Eczacibasi write history as curtain falls on Club Worlds

 
Manila, Philippines, October 23, 2016 - Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul went down in the history books Sunday, after they edged Pomi Casalmaggiore in five nail-biting sets in the final of the 2016 FIVB Women's Club World Championship, becoming the only club to have won the trophy twice.

Eczacibasi completed a fascinating week in Manila undefeated, extending their competition winning streak to eight, including their last three matches in 2015 in Zurich.

Led by an incredible Tatiana Kosheleva and the tournament's MVP Tijana Boskovic, Eczacibasi had to pull out all the stops to deny Pomi becoming the first Italian club in 14 years to claim the world crown. The runners up had to be content with being only the third Italian club to make it to a Club World Championship final.



Nineteen-year-old Boskovic led a Dream Team of the stars of the 2016 FIVB Club World Championship, which also included herself as opposite.



A little earlier VakifBank Istanbul had added a bronze medal to their collection of gold from 2013 and silver from 2011, when they beat Volero Zurich in four sets. In a way it was revenge for their earlier loss to the Swiss side in pool play. It left Volero in fourth place for the third time in four bronze medal match appearances in as many years.

Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro reached their (secondary) goal of 5th place, though they did get a run for their money from Hisamitsu Springs Kobe in their five-set win in the highest-scoring match of the tournament.

That 5th place is lower than their previous two showings of a silver medal in 2013 and fourth place last year and the Brazilian side must surely feel disappointed after taking both the tournament's finalists Eczacibasi and Pomi all the way in the 'pool of death' and just barely missing out on a spot in the top four after dropping both the tie-breaks.

Hisamitsu Springs wound up 6th, which is one position lower than their two previous appearances in 2014 and 2015 - but they're already looking forward to hosting next year's edition in Kobe, from May 8 to 14. It will be the fist time that the FIVB Women's Club World Championship comes to Japan, following events in Brazil, Italy, Qatar, Switzerland and the Philippines.

The local side of PSL-F2 Logistics Manila, an all-star team of the Philippines Super League with the addition of a few foreign players, wrapped up their campaign with their fifth defeat in as many matches - this time in straight sets to Bangkok Glass.

It was the first win in the tournament for Bangkok Glass, who finished 7th. Indeed it was the very first win by any Thai team in nine matches at the Club World Championship - including the two appearances of Federbrau Bangkok in 2010 and 2011.

The Filipino side may have finished 8th, but the players' remarkable fighting spirit (especially during pool play) got the crowds going every time and the legacy they leave behind for volleyball in the country has been huge.





Roll of Honour:

1991 - Sao Paulo: Sadia Sao Paulo (BRA)
1992 - Jesi: Il Messaggero Teodora Ravenna (ITA)
1994 - Sao Paulo: Leite Moca Sorocaba (BRA)
2010 - Doha: Fenerbahce Istanbul (TUR)
2011 - Doha: Rabita Baku (AZE)
2012 - Doha: Sollys Nestle Osasco (BRA)
2013 - Zurich: VakifBank Istanbul (TUR)
2014 - Zurich: Dinamo Kazan (RUS)
2015 - Zurich: Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul (TUR)
2016 - Manila: Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul (TUR)

Summary Statistics - Manila 2016

Highest Scorer by Day
27 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October
29 - Gabi Guimaraes of Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 19 October
31 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Volero Zurich on 20 October
23 - Neslihan Demir of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v PSL - F2 Logistics Manila on 21 October
23 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul & Samanta Fabris of Pomi Casalmaggiore v Volero Zurich on 22 October
23 - Tatiana Kosheleva of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Pomi Casalmagiore on 23 October

Top Scoring Performances
31 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Volero Zurich on 20 October
30 - Olesia Rykhliuk of Volero Zurich v VakifBank Istanbul on 20 October
29 - Gabi Guimaraes of Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 19 October
28 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October
28 - Tijana Boskovic of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro on 20 October

Top Individual Blocking Performances
10 - Carol Silva of Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v PSL - F2 Logistics Manila on October 18
10 - Milena Rasic of VakifBank Istanbul v Volero Zurich on October 20
9 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October
9 - Juciely Barreto of Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 23 October
7 - Tijana Boskovic of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro on 20 October
7 - Carol Silva of Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 23 October

7 - Milena Rasic of VakifBank Istanbul v Volero Zurich on 23 October

Top Individual Serving Performances
5 - Neslihan Demir of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v PSL - F2 Logistics Manila on 21 October
5 - Gozde Yilmaz of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v PSL - F2 Logistics Manila on 21 October

4 - Dobriana Rabadzhieva of Volero Zurich v VakifBank Istanbul on 20 October
4 - Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul v Volero Zurich on 20 October

4 - Alyja Santiago of PSL - F2 Logistcs Manila v Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul on 21 October
4 - Maja Ognjenovic of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v VakifBank Istanbul on 22 October
4 - Lindsay Stalzer of PSL - F2 Logistics Manila v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 22 October
4 - Olesia Rykhliuk of Volero Zurich v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 22 October
4 - Tatiana Kosheleva of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 23 October

Top Team Blocking Performances
27 - VakifBank Istanbul v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 18 October
22 - Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro on 20 October
21 - Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 23 October
19 - VakifBank Istanbul v Volero Zurich on 23 October
18 - VakifBank Istanbul v Volero Zurich on 20 October

Top Team Serving Performances
14 - Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v PSL - F2 Logistics Manila on 21 October
11 - Volero Zurich v VakifBank Istanbul on 20 October
11 - Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v VakifBank Istanbul on 22 October
9 - Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v PSL F2 Logistics Manila on 18 October
9 - Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 23 October
8 - Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 23 October

Highest Scoring Sets

32-30 - Hisamitsu Springs Kobe v Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro on 23 October
31-29 - Hisamitsu Springs Kobe v VakifBank Istanbul on 18 October
27-25 - Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul on 20 October
27-25 - Volero Zurich v VakifBank Istanbul on 20 October
27-25 - Volero Zurich v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 22 October

Highest Scoring Matches
216 - Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro v Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on 23 October
212 - Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro on October 20
210 - Pomi Casalmaggiore v Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro on 19 October
207 - Volero Zurich v VakifBank Istanbul on 20 October
206 - Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul v Pomi Casalmaggiore on 23 October
190 - Pomi Casalmaggiore v Volero Zurich on 22 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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