1. LP SALO is still seeking its first win in CEV Champions League Volley on their 16th match in history. Finns have played total of 68 CEV European Cup games winning 26 of those.
2. LP SALO is missing their most experienced player, 41 year young ukrainian setter Viktoriia Tuchashvili because injury. Their setters Saana Virtanen and Irina Mäkinen are together 34 years old.* This is seventh time that LP SALO will meet Turkish opponent in European Cup competition. All the previous meetings have ended 3-0 to Turkish teams.
3.LP SALO played last Saturday and Sunday in their domestic league in two of the most northest volleyball League teams in Europe. Thursday they play in Istanbul and already Saturday (and maybe Sunday) on Finnish Cup Final4 at Tampere.
4. The treatment process of VakıfBank's setter Cansu Özbay, who has been injured in the Turkish Cup game against Galatasaray, continues.
5. Isabelle Haak became MVP in all 3 matches in CL 2022 so far.
6. The game in which VakıfBank beat their opponent 3-0 in Finland was the first match in the history of these two teams.
"One great opportunity to measure our level against the world best. Our goal in the second half of CEV Champions League is win ASPTT Mulhouse and challenge VakifBank ISTANBUL and Vero Volley MONZA much better than we did in first matches. Compared to our first game we need to serve better and specially our reception need to step up. Last time there was too many aces to our court. Can't think better preparation for our most important match of the season in Finland so far."
Head Coach LP Salo
"We have talked inside team that we have been way to tensed on these CEV Champions League matches so far. We can be much more relaxed and stress less. We need to trust ourselves, specially now when we already now what is coming up."
Captain and middle-blocker LP Salo
"Not an easy week for us, we are playing 3 important matches in seven days. Also, we started to this edge with an emergency, Cansu’s injury. But in the Turkish League Buket, our setter and my whole team did their best. Now we will face LP Salo which we respect a lot. They are a pretty young team, even they are missing their most experienced player this match I think they will push till the end on the court. So, we need to be careful and focused."
Head coach VakifBank ISTANBUL
"My teammates and I would like to continue our quest. To remain undefeated in our pool play we have goals of finishing of the top of this pool. I think it will be a good match filled with a lot of quality volleyball. I hope we can accomplish our goals tomorrow."
Middle-blocker VakifBank ISTANBUL
First RefereeEvgeny MAKSHANOVRUSSecond RefereeEldar ZULFUGAROVAZE
How To Attend
Selami Ali mah. Vakıf sok. No:8 Bağlarbaşı Üsküdar, İSTANBUL, 34844 Capacity: 2700
AddressSelami Ali mah. Vakıf sok. No: 8 Bağlarbaşı, Üsküdar İstanbul
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Saana Virtanen setting the ball
VakifBank ISTANBUL celebrating their 4th victory
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VakifBank ISTANBUL triumph over LP SALO to keep a clean sheet in Pool B
The teams entered the court fully motivated, but at the beginning of this match the difference between the both sides was clearly visible. The Turkish powerhouse left no illusions in the opener, building their impressive advantage from the start. From 6-1 they quickly moved forward, totally dominating on the court, Salo had only two winning spikes in this part, so after only 16 minutes VakifBank closed the set with difference of 16 points.
In the second part, VakifBank was caught napping. The guests took early 4-1 lead, but obviously it didn't take long to make it up for the Turkish side. However, LP Salo managed to keep the pace with more decorated rivals, staying one point behind even at 19-18 thank to the team efforts. Jessica Kosonen (5 points) and Georgia Andrikopoulou (4 points) were top scorers of the Finnish team, but it was not enough against VakifBank, who still dominated in all components.
LP Salo set the bar even higher in the third set. Tomi Lemminkainen's team managed to play almost flawless (only 3 own errors in this part), using every mistake made by their opponents. They were leading side in the early stage of the set, being two points ahead at 10-8, mainly thanks to attacks from Andrikopoulou and Kosonen, and even when VakifBank levelled-up the score, they were fighting hard what produced a point-by-point race until 17-17. But these duo was not enough against the entire team of VakifBank, especially that Chiaka Ogbogu spread her wings scoring 9 points in 3rd set. Ace from Meryem Boz closed the game. Ogbogu who contributed with 20 points was the best scorer, but the MVP award was presented to setter Buket Gulubay.
"Our first goal in the Champions League is to finish the group stage as leader and we started this match to contribute our goal. I would like to thank to our spectators, it was really good atmosphere today in our gym. We performed really good now we will focus to our next game in Turkish League."
Setter of VakifBank Istanbul and MVP
"Today we played very good. We started this match to perform our best in the court. Because we respect our oppenent and our spectators a lot. We need to perform our best to show this respect. I am happy that our players did their best in the court today."
head coach of VakifBank Istanbul
"The atmosphere was amazing. In Finland, its forbidden to watch the matches at the venue now. So we missed this audience very much. In first set we were not good but in last 2 sets we believed ourselves and enjoyed our game and perfomed better."
outside spiker of LP Salo
"I am happy that we played better than the match in Salo. First set we VakifBank was better in block and defense. But in second set we performed our maximum level so I am happy how we played in last to sets."
head coach of LP Salo
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of VakifBank ISTANBUL compared to LP SALO.
VakifBank ISTANBUL number of service aces compared to LP SALO
Errors leading to points of VakifBank ISTANBUL, next to those from LP SALO