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The emotion of winning the Golden Set
The hug of the winners
MVP, Gabi of VakifBank ISTANBUL
VakifBank ISTANBUL happiness after qualifying to the #SuperFinalsLjubljana
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VakifBank survive thriller, fly to the #SuperFinalsLjubljana after a Golden Set
For a second consecutive year, VakifBank Istanbul and A. Carraro Imoco Conegliano will lock horns in the title-deciding match for the CEV Champions League Volley - Women. The much anticipated fixture will take place on May 22nd in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the players of Giovanni Guidetti won the right to fight for the trophy after winning a Golden set at 15-11 against their local opponents from Fenerbahçe Opet Istanbul. In the home semi-final, VakifBank won at 3-1, while in the away lost at 0-3. However, in the deciding Golden Set, Isabelle Haak and her teammates showed nerves of steel, and came back emerging victorious, booking their ticket to #SuperFinalsLjubljana.
A heartbreak loss for Fenerbahçe, who were close to pulling off a miracle, but the 2021 #CLVolleyW runners-up showed great determination, and will have the opportunity to get a sweet revenge from their Italian opponents of Imoco, while Volleyball fans will enjoy a rematch of last year’s Big FInale.
Statistically, on Thursday, Fenerbahçe proved better on attack and at the serving line, finishing with as many as 53 winning spikes (to 44), and acing five times (to three). VakifBank, on the other hand, recorded one more kill block - 10 to nine.
As many as 26 points by top scorer Melissa Vargas of Fenerbahçe weren’t enough for a better outcome for her team. Gabriela Guimaraes, on the other hand, topped the charts for VakifBank, finishing with 18 points to her name, grabbing the MVP award as well.
“Congratulations to Fenerbahçe, the way they played was impressive, they really pushed us. In the beginning, we tried to start aggressively, but it didn’t work out. I, personally, couldn’t find my way in attack. But we kept together, we needed to find our moment, and it was in the Golden Set. We know what we did this season, and we deserved to go to the Final. We continued playing as a family, and we will do so in the preparation as well. We want to bring the trophy home!”
Player of VakifBank Istanbul
“First of all, I would like to congratulate Fenerbahçe Opet. They put on a very good performance. They played a great game, especially in offence. On the other hand, I congratulate my team because we never gave up, we never stopped fighting, and we got a little closer to our opponent with each set. I congratulate my players and technical stagg for never losing their confidence and belief in themselves.”
Head coach of VakifBank Istanbul
"Today, we played with heart and soul, but unfortunately, we didn't have the Golden set in our hands. However, we feel proud of how we did it today all together and our fans supporting us until the end."
Player of Fenerbahçe Opet 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 Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL compared to VakifBank ISTANBUL.
Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL number of service aces compared to VakifBank ISTANBUL
Errors leading to points of Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL, next to those from VakifBank ISTANBUL