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05/04/2017 21:30
VakıfBank ISTANBUL and Dinamo MOSCOW join Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL at #CLF4Treviso
2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women

Luxembourg, April 5, 2017.  Finally we know the teams that will join hosts Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO at the main women’s club event of the year - taking center stage in a little over two weeks.  After Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL came out of the Turkish derby last night the victor, tonight it was the turn of their city rivals VakifBank to confirm their place, along with Dinamo MOSCOW who came through their tie without dropping a set.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League Final Four - Women via the official event website right here:

So the CONFIRMED semi-final line-up is:

17:00 VakıfBank ISTANBUL vs Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL

20:00 Dinamo Moscow vs Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO

 VakıfBank ISTANBUL vs Volero ZÜRICH

VakifBank ISTANBUL claimed also the re-match of their fixture with Volero ZÜRICH 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22) to make sure they will compete at the Final Four of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women, thus making their sixth appearance in the deciding stage of Europe’s elite competition in the last seven years. The major star of VakifBank, China’s Zhu Ting top scored with 21 points, as Lonneke Slöetjes and Kübra Akman Caliskan contributed to their team’s success with 18 and 12, respectively. In the semis scheduled for April 22 at Palaverde in Treviso, VakifBank will play city rivals Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL.

Gözde Kirdar, team captain of VakifBank: “I would like to thank all of my teammates because they played a superb game today. After Milena Rasic suffered an injury before this match, our remaining middle blockers Kübra Akman, Ayse Melis Gürkaynak and Özgenur Yurtdagülen delivered a terrific performance. We played at 100% and eventually won this game.”

Giovanni Guidetti, head coach of VakifBank: “I am very happy with this victory, especially since Volero have a very strong team and they showed their skills in the first set. It was a difficult game for us, especially after the injury, which occurred last week to Milena Rasic. However, my players delivered a terrific performance tonight. We only missed one Final Four over the last seven years and I think this is a huge success. I would like to thank our sponsor VakifBank for their support. As for the Finals, we do not want to finish second, third or fourth. We just want to be the champions and we will go to Italy with this goal in mind.”

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Dinamo MOSCOW vs Liu Jo Nordmeccanica MODENA

Dinamo MOSCOW will be making their first appearance at a Final Four of the CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women since 2009 after they comfortably claimed also the second round of their Playoffs 6 fixture with Italy’s Liu Jo Nordmeccanica MODENA. Dinamo MOSCOW rallied to a second 3-0 victory (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) in as many matches and on April 22 the Russians will challenge hosts Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO in the semis for a spot in the ‘grand finale’ of the competition.

Yury Panchenko, head coach of Dinamo MOSCOW: “Everything went just fine for us! We will play in the Final Four and we will go to Treviso! We feel a great deal of responsibility.”

Top scorer Nataliya Goncharova (14 points): “We were well prepared and were able to win two matches in a row. After the second set we knew we had qualified for the Finals but it was important to regroup and to win 3-0.”

Ekaterina Kosianenko, setter of Dinamo MOSCOW: “I have seen many times how important it is to study your opponent. We analysed MODENA very carefully and thanks to this, our performance and game was a lot more effective.”

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Meanwhile last night...

Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL vs Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL

Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL stormed back from a 2-3 loss they suffered two weeks ago at the hands of city rivals Fenerbahce SK to claim the rematch 3-1 (29-31, 25-14, 27-25, 25-23) and secure a spot in the Final Four of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women. On April 22-23 at Palaverde in Treviso, Eczacibasi VitrA will be trying to claim back the crown they won in 2015 in Szczecin, Poland.

Above the players show their support for their number 6, middle blocker Thaisa Daher Pallesi, who suffered a serious injury during their win.

Jordan Larson, star player of Eczacibasi VitrA: “I am very sad because of the injury that occurred to Thaisa and I can say that we played the remainder of the match for her. It was one of the most difficult and challenging matches I have ever played. Fenerbahce played really well and we did that too. I am really proud of my team and we already feel the excitement ahead of the Finals.”

To read more about this match click here

For more information about the women's 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League Final Four please click here or follow the event on social media using the official event hashtag #CLF4Treviso

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