The European champions Igor Gorgonzola Novara risked a lot by allowing the reigning Club World Championship titleholders VakıfBank Istanbul to return from a two-set deficit in Round 2 of this year’s edition of a tournament but eventually recorded a win: 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 25-27, 24-26, 15-12). This result, along with the result of other Pool B match, secured a spot in the semis to the Italian side. Serbian opposite hitter Jovana Brakočević chipped in with 30 points for Novara, while American Micha Hancock served 5 aces. The Swede Isabelle Haak scored 29 points for VakıfBank, while Zehra Güneş made 7 of the team’s 18 kill blocks.
As for the remaining encounter of Day 2, Chinese Tianjin Bohai Bank rejected comeback of Dentil Praia Clube of Brazil (3-2) and eliminated them from the semifinals. Li Yingying was the most deserving player for the win of Tianjin as she poured in 23 points. Dominican international Brayelin Martínez scored 24 points for Praia.
In the last round, Tianjin and VakıfBank will fight for the last vacant spot in Pool B that secures a presence in the semis.
2019 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Club World Championship, pool stage – Round 2
Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul (TUR) – Itambé Minas (BRA) 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-16)
Guangdong Evergrande (CHN) – Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA) 0-3 (16-25, 22-25, 21-25)
Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) – VakıfBank Istanbul (TUR) 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 25-27, 24-26, 15-12)
Tianjin Bohai Bank (CHN) – Dentil Praia Clube (BRA) 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 16-25, 25-14)
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