THY Istanbul will say hello to the new year by finishing the first half of the season 4th in the rankings in Turkish National League. So far the team won 10 out of the 13 games played.
Three players from THY Istanbul already won the CEV Champions League: Bahar Toksoy Guidetti won the cup twice in 2011 and 2013, Polen Unver won the cup once in 2013, Şeyma Ercan won it once in 2015 and Lauren Carlini won it in 2019 against Igor Gorgonzola Novara.
VK Dukla LIBEREC had its debut in Champions League only after their 5th season of playing czech extralig.
They have played 18 matches in their national league and they have won 16 games out of 18th so far. They are the first in current standing.
Thy Istanbul and Liberec have never met face to face in any competition .
‘’As someone who has been playing for Thy Istanbul since its inception, I am very happy that we are currently competing in the Champions League. We come to this point every year by putting it on top for it. We respect every opponent and we are aware of the importance of every match. We will be on the field to do our best on Tuesday."
Thy Istanbul libero
‘’ The first step to prove ourselves in the Champions League area as in the Turkish league, is to leave the group. Although we did not win the first two games of the group, we still have chance. That’s why I have full faith that we will show our best performance in the Liberec match and leave the field with the result we want."
THY Istanbul middle blocker
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THY ISTANBUL entering the court
VK Dukla LIBEREC greet
Kiera Van Ryk of THY ISTANBUL - MVP of the match
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THY ISTANBUL with first victory
The Turkish THY ISTANBUL recorded their first victory in the Champions League Volley - Women, as on Tuesday they outclassed at 3-0 the Czech of VK Dukla LIBEREC. In a match that lasted 73 minutes, the players around head coach Marcello Abbondanza proved better on all counts and grabbed the three points. They are currently standing on third place in Pool C, with one victory and two losses so far.
On Tuesday, the Turkish team started better in the matchup right after the first referee whistle. Leading throughout the whole first set (8-5, 16-12), THY Istanbul did not let any surprises in this part. Their full domination continued in the second set as well (9-3,10-3,18-9). However, in the third one, the guests from VK Dukla LIBEREC showed fighting spirit and were breathing down their opponents’ necks since the beginning. In a close call in the first minutes (4-4), Polen Ünver scored an ace for 5-4. When it seemed that the guest would score a break point for 6-4, a video challenge determined the score to be 5-5. Both sides continued their fight until the end, and although THY were delivering more successful performance on the attack, VK Dukla LIBEREC were showing smart play, not allowing their opponents to build a comfortable point difference. The intrigue was alive until the very last moment, but thanks to their experience, the players of THY seized the victory.
The opposite of THY Istanbul, Kiera Van Ryk was named as MVP of the match.
“I am really happy that we won the game like we wanted. This is our first Champions League win! Now, we have to focus on our next few matches in the tournament, so to advance to the next round.’’
Player of THY Istanbul
“I'm really proud that we won our first match in the Champions League. This is huge for our club, and I hope that we can carry this moment into the next round of the tournament, and in the second half of the Turkish league season. Our team has worked so hard and I'm happy for us. We played strong, so I'm happy that we did our job and came out with the win.’’
Player of THY Istanbul
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 THY ISTANBUL compared to VK Dukla LIBEREC.
THY ISTANBUL number of service aces compared to VK Dukla LIBEREC
Errors leading to points of THY ISTANBUL, next to those from VK Dukla LIBEREC