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CL W: Eczacibasi stopped VakifBank! Bethania and Co. will play for trophy! (VIDEO)

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Eczacibasi played perhaps the best game of the season and managed to defeat VakifBank in the semi-finals of the CEV Champions League! Bethania De La Cruz and Co. will therefore play in the big finals on Sunday against Busto Arsizio!

VakifBank vs. Eczacibasi

VakifBank vs. Eczacibasi


VakifBank top scorers: Rašić 20, Sheilla 15.

Eczacibasi top scorers: Larson 25, Bethania De La Cruz 16.


Game Date/Time Teams Set Result per set Stats Videos
Semifinal 1 04. 04. 2015 15:00 KPS Chemik Police ( W ) vs Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio ( W ) 0:3 21:25; 25:27; 21:25 STAT  
Semifinal 2 04. 04. 2015 18:00 VakifBank Istanbul ( W ) vs Eczacıbaşı Vitra ( W ) 1:3 22:25; 25:16; 22:25; 22:25  

Eczacibasi had a really strong start of the match. Players led by Giovanni Caprara took an early lead at 4:0, while at the first TTO it was 8:3. The margin was increased to 19:11, when VakifBank finally woke up in this game. The reigning champion of Turkey managed to reduce the deficit to 22:18, and then to save two set points and to approach to 24:22… But, the third time was the lucky one for Eczacibasi. Bethania De La Cruz performed a powerful pipe attack and Eczacibasi won the first set by 25-22!

But, the answer of VakifBank was fierce. The second set was close only until the first TTO. It was 8:6 for the Giovanni Guidetti’s side, while then the margin started growing rapidly. With Gozde Sonsirma and Milena Rašić on fire, Vakif went ahead at 12:8, 15:9, 19:14, 23:15, and finally they seized the set by 25:16. The overall score was tied at 1-1.

The third set was very close. Eczacibasi took the opening lead. Jordan Larson scored for 10:6, and the margin remained the same until 13:9. VakifBank then scored 4 points in a row, equalized the result at 13:13 and had a chance to make a total turnaround. However, Sheila hit the antenna and returned the lead to Eczacibasi – 14:13. It was the start of a great run of Caprara’s girls. They escaped to 17:14, then to 22:18! It looked that everything was over. But, there was still drama in this set.

VakifBank once again managed to score 4 in a row and to tie the score at 22:22! But the same scenario hit the champions of Turkey. Players of Vakif made a mistake in defense and granted the point to Eczacibasi – 23:22, while then Maja Poljak stepped on the stage. Croatian player performed two big blocks! Firstly she stopped Carolina Costagrande for 24:22, and then Poljak blocked Sheilla for 25:22! Eczacibasi won the third set and took the lead by 2-1 in sets.

Girls led by Govanni Caprara continued where they left off in the previous set! They went ahead at 8:3, then at 12:7, while soon afterward it was 17:11! Eczacibasi was cruising toward the big finals of the CEV Champions League! And finally they have done it. Bethania De La Cruz and Co. had 5 set points – 24:19, they used the fourth one when Christiane Furst made a powerful attack from the middle.

Eczacibasi will play for the first ever Champions League trophy in club’s history!


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