VakifBank adds another victory to their terrific streak
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Women
Istanbul, Turkey, October 31, 2013. Turkey’s VakifBank ISTANBUL scored their 56th consecutive victory as on Thursday they routed Dinamo Romprest BUCURESTI in straight sets (25-20, 25-7, and 25-11) in the second round of preliminary action in Pool C of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women. About 1,000 fans were there at Burhan Felek Volleyball Hall to follow the actions of the world champions as they seized their second straight victory in the competition after last week they had achieved the same result with Belgium’s GENT Dames.
The titleholders were actually surprised by their opponents and trailed 6:8 at the first technical time-out of the opening set but they gradually found their pace and they already had flipped the charts around by the time the second mandatory stop was called (16:13). Even though their guests from Romania scored four in a row to make it 16:17, VakifBank did not lose composure and brought it home at 25-20.
VakifBank was off to a flying start in the second set (8:2) and showed some great play to make it 14:3 and finish the job with a terrific 25-7 as the players from Romania could not find a way to stand that storm.
Dinamo Romprest tried their best once more also in the third set and were able to keep the score close in the early phases (8:7) before VakifBank showed once more their value to wrap it up with another quick 25-11. Italy’s Carolina Costagrande top scored in the match with 13 points.
“I am already focused on the match coming up this weekend as we play Fenerbahce in the national league so that’s why I replaced some of the players included in the starting six” said VakifBank head coach Giovanni Guidetti. “We do not find it difficult to motivate our players because they always play their best in any game they enter.”
“We do not think about the record and the winning streak because these are just numbers as long as you do not win the trophy” added team captain Gözde Sonsirma Kirdar.
“I think that VakifBank played really good tonight” commented Romanian head coach Marian Constantin. “We tried our best and especially in the first set we could score more points. Our chances to qualify to the Playoffs are getting very slim”.
“We have been training very hard but this is not enough against a team like VakifBank” added Dinamo Romprest team captain Alida Marcovici. “We need to fight against the pressure when we enter such games. VakifBank is definitely the best team in the world right now.”
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