VakıfBank parted ways with four foreign players right after they clinched the domestic title, a few days ago. The İstanbul giants published on their website that they will not extend contracts with: Zhu Ting, Kelsey Robinson, Lonneke Slöetjes, and Chiara Di Iulio!
With all due respect to all the other players in the club, Zhu Ting was definitely the main star in all three seasons during which she has been playing for VakıfBank. She scored 2,150 points in 125 matches and won the FIVB Club World Championship, CEV Champions League, and Turkish League twice each, as well as the Turkish Cup and Super Cup once each. Due to the decision of the Chinese Olympic Committee, Zhu will return to her home country to better prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but will join VakıfBank after that! This for which club she might play next season.
An American outside hitter Kelsey Robinson has been in Vakif since the 2017/18 season, scoring 730 points in 92 games and winning the FIVB Club World Championship, CEV Champions League, Turkish Cup and Super Cup once apiece, and Turkish League two times.
Out of these four players, the Dutch opposite hitter Lonneke Slöetjes has been the member of the club the longest – for four straight seasons. Title summary: two each in the FIVB Club World Championship and CEV Champions League, three in the Turkish Championship and one each in the Turkish Cup and Super Cup. While wearing the yellow and black jersey, Slöetjes scored 2,311 points in 158 games. She will likely continue her career in Asia.
The Italian outside hitter Chiara Di Iulio came to VakıfBank in January and played 14 games ever since, producing 51 points and winning the Turkish Championship a few days ago.
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