12. 02. 2020

TUR W: Top 4 teams lock horns in Round 16, VakıfBank and Eczacıbaşı emerge victoriously

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Round 16 of the 2019/20 Turkish Women’s Volleyball Championship regular season brought clashes of clubs from the top 4 in the charts.


VakıfBank continued their leadership of the 2019/20 Vestel Venus Sultanlar Ligi regular season by defeating Fenerbahçe Opet. The reigning champions bounced back from 0-1 to beat 3rd placed “Fener“ by a 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-18, 25-21) in the big match of Round 16. Swedish Isabelle Haak top-scored for the winning side with 23 points. American Jordan Thompson tallied 19 points for Fenerbahçe, making as many as 52 kills. With the win, VakıfBank extended their victorious series in the competition to 11 games.

There was one more derby in this round. The 4th placed Galatasaray HDI Sigorta nearly made a complete turnaround in the match against the 2nd placed Eczacıbaşı VitrA, who ultimately prevailed in the tie-break.

2019/20 Vestel Venus Sultanlar Ligi regular season – Round 16 (today’s results)





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All this because volleyball is not e real professional sport and many clubs are managed with people with (almost) zero experience and knowledge in volleyball. And they manage money from state companies or government directly. Do not expect that that people will think differently. That is why volleyball will never move to another level and will always have some small “make up” in the future Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

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POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

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