Istanbul, Turkey, February 28, 2017. Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL emulated city rivals VakifBank by completing a clean sweep of the matches they have contested in the group stage of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women. Fenerbahce did so by rallying to their sixth straight victory in Pool C after edging France’s ST-RAPHAËL Var VB 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-21).
The first set was a close race with the visitors from France claiming a small edge at the first technical time-out (8-7). After the break, the reigning French champions scored point after point and reached the second technical time-out leading by as many as five points (16-11). After trailing 13-19, Fenerbahce got back on track scoring three times in a row and eventually cut their deficit to one point at 19-20. Fenerbahce trailed again at 21-23 but finally came out on top at 27-25 after completing their comeback.
The second set followed the same trend with ST-RAPHAËL leading 8-4 and 16-11 at the first and second technical time-outs respectively, before Fenerbahce scored six times in a row to edge ahead at 17-16. At this stage, the course of the match changed and the Yellow Angels rallied to a 25-22 win to double their lead in the match.
The third set was a close race too with Fenerbahce claiming a small edge at the first and second technical time-outs (8-7, 16-15) before cruising to a 25-21 win to seal their sixth straight victory in the pool.
Merve Dalbeler Seniye, libero of Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL: “We already knew we would anyway finish first in the pool; as a result, we played with a completely different line-up than the usual one, yet we won 3-0. We have been working hard lately and are preparing for our matchup with VakifBank coming up this weekend in the national league. This is our main goal for now. We wait for the Drawing of Lots on Friday to know the name of our next opponent in the Playoffs.”
Ezgi Dilik, player of Fenerbahce: “We had secured first place in the pool and that was important to us. Today some of our best players did not perform because we have an important match awaiting us later this week. However, we showed that this team consists of 14 strong players. We claimed a good victory and I would like to congratulate all of my teammates. The real adventure in this competition starts now.”
Marcello Abbondanza, head coach of Fenerbahce SK: “It’s a good victory for us. The match was not that important since it was our last in the pool and we would anyway finish first in the group. However, the players who do not perform that often got an opportunity to take to the court today. We showed some good things, especially when we fought back after trailing early in the sets. Now we will wait for the results of the Drawing of Lots.”
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