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Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL - VakifBank ISTANBUL (13 Apr 2023)


· Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL clinched a 3-0 away win at VakifBank ISTANBUL (25-10, 25-23, 25-20) in the semi-finals first leg on Thursday 6 April.
· Melissa Vargas (19, Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL) scored the most points in the first leg, followed by Paola Egonu (17, VakifBank ISTANBUL). Egonu was responsible for almost half of the total points scored by VakifBank ISTANBUL players (36) in the first leg.
· VakifBank ISTANBUL won all four previous Champions League ties with Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL: in the 2010/11 semifinals (3-2), the 2014/15 Playoffs 6 (3-1 win, 2-3 loss), the 2015/16 semi-finals (3-0) and last season's semi-finals.
· VakifBank ISTANBUL needed a golden set (15-11) to beat Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL in the 2021/22 semi-finals, after a 3-1 home win and a 0-3 away loss.
· Gabriela Guimaraes scored 40 points for VakifBank ISTANBUL in last season's semi-finals tie. Melissa Vargas scored a total 51 points for Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL.
· Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL beat VakifBank ISTANBUL in the Turkish league 3-0 on 5 February. Vargas scored 23 points for Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL and Paola Egonu had 16 points for VakifBank ISTANBUL.
· Earlier this season VakifBank ISTANBUL had beaten Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL 3-1 at home on 13 November. Egonu scored 33 points for the hosts that match. Arina Fedorovtseva had 28 points for the visitors.

Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL

· Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL are hoping to reach the Champions League final for the third time, after 2009/10 (lost 2-3 to Volley BERGAMO as FenerbahçeAcibadem ISTANBUL) and 2011/12 (won 3-0 against RC CANNES as Fenerbahçe Universal ISTANBUL).
· Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL were eliminated in the Champions League semi-finals four times, including last season by VakifBank ISTANBUL (11-15 loss in the Golden Set).
· The Golden Set against Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL is the only one Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL have played in the Champions League.
· Arina Fedorovtseva is her team's top scorer in this season's Champions League on 157 points. Last season, Fedorovtseva finished fourth in the scorer ranking on 160 points.
· Fedorovtseva leads the server ranking in this season's Champions League on 34 aces, at least 16 more than any other player (18 by Margaret Ann Wolowicz for Tenerife LA LAGUNA). Fedorovtseva also made the most aces last season (24).
· Fedorovtseva (34) has made the most aces in a single women's Champions League season since the CEV has this data available (from 2009/10 onwards).
· Ergül Eroglu (2013), Gizem Örge (2017, 2018) and Meryem Boz (2022) have won the Champions League with the opposition side.


· VakifBank ISTANBUL have won the women's Champions League a record five times, including last season. They beat A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO 3-1 in the final (played in Ljubljana).
· VakifBank ISTANBUL themselves are the last club to win successive editions of the CEV Women's Champions League (2016/17-2017/18).
· VakifBank ISTANBUL have reached the final a record eight times (W5-L3), including in five of the last six completed campaigns (2019/20 season was not completed due to COVID-19). The exception was 2018/19 when they were eliminated in the semi-finals.
· VakifBank ISTANBUL have played two Golden Sets in the Champions League (both in the semi-finals). They lost one (14-16) versus Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA in 2018/19 and won one (15-11) versus Fenerbahçe Opet ISTANBUL in 2021/22.
· Paola Egonu (214) is the top scorer in this season's Champions League. Note: Ebrar Karakurt has scored 196 points and could surpass her the day before this match). Egonu has matched the points tally of last season's top scorer: 214 by Isabelle Haak (also for VakifBank ISTANBUL).
· Egonu (214) is one point shy of her highest points tally in a single Champions League campaign: 215 for A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO in 2020/21

"We know that we didn't play well in the first game, and we didn't show our quality. The second game will be difficult, but we worked hard all week and know what we need to change. We believe, and we are motivated. We want to go to the golden set first and then to the Super Finals."

Gabriela Guimaraes
Captain of VakifBank INSTANBUL

"We need to win against a team that hasn't lost a set in the last two months and get the golden set. Fenerbahce is in great form right now, and I'm sure they will play even better in front of their fans. We also worked hard on the first game. There were times when we got them in trouble. This time, we have to play well from the beginning of the match, not with the second set. It may be one of the toughest matches in our history, but we will try to write a new history. A great match awaits us.”

Giovanni Guidetti
Head Coach of VakifBank INSTANBUL
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  • All Time
  • 14
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  • 12
    Matches Played
  • 8
    Matches Won
  • 67%
    Win %
  • 29
    Sets Won
  • 1050
    Points Won
  • 48%
    Attack %
  • 48%
    Reception %


Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 1987
  • Height: 188 cm
ÖRGE Gizem
  • Birth Date: 1993
  • Birth Place: Yenimahalle
  • Height: 170 cm
SILVA CARNEIRO Macris Fernanda
  • Birth Date: 1989
  • Height: 178 cm
  • Birth Date: 1997
  • Birth Place: Moscow
  • Height: 190 cm
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 1987
  • Birth Place: Bursa
  • Height: 190 cm
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1993
  • Height: 183 cm
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 1995
  • Height: 185 cm
DIKEN Meliha
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1993
  • Birth Place: Gradačac
  • Height: 187 cm
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 2004
  • Height: 190 cm
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 2004
  • Height: 193 cm
BOZ Meryem
  • Birth Date: 1988
  • Height: 194 cm
  • Birth Date: 1997
  • Height: 188 cm
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 1991
  • Height: 190 cm
VARGAS Melissa Teresa
  • Birth Date: 1999
  • Birth Place: Cien Fuegos
  • Height: 194 cm


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Fenerbahce Opet ISTANBUL v VakifBank ISTANBUL


The reigning #CLVolleyW champions of VakifBank Istanbul delivered a great comeback in the away match of their semi-finals against their city rivals of Fenerbahce Opet, claiming a 3-0 win and emerging victorious in the Golden Set at 15-12. The players of head coach Giovanni Guidetti had lost the first semi-final at 0-3, but managed to demonstrate a great spirit and mental strength in the deciding match, securing their spot at the #SuperFinalsTurin.

VakifBank, who last year claimed the trophy after 3-1 against A. Carraro Imoco Conegliano, will have the chance to defend their title on May 20, when they will meet another Turkish giant - Eczacibasi Dynavit Istanbul, who only a day earlier defeated Igor Gorgonzola Novara on their way to the Super Final.

This way, the two best teams of this year’s edition of the competition, will lock horns next month in Turin in what promises to be a special all-Turkish battle for the Gold.

The defending champions needed a clear 3–0 or 3-1 win to bring the match into a Golden Set as they suffered a tough loss in the first semi-final (0-3). To the delight of their fans, the did their job right and did not disappoint. 

Both teams entered concentrated in the game, playing “a cat-and-mouse” game since the very beginning of the first set. However, after 19-19, VakifBank showed their power and opened at 25-23 with Gabi contributing in this part of the match with seven points. As many as seven kill blocks by VakifBank made the difference in this set, as Fenerbahce did not record a single point from this element.

Inspired by their good performance, the players of Guidetti kept on controlling the game in the next set as well. Excelling on the different Volleyball components (10 to six winning spikes, three to zero kill blocks, four to one aces), they emerged victorious. 

The domination on attack was the key factor for VakifBank in the third set, as they finished with 18 to 11 winning spikes. They performed slightly better on the block as well (three to zero), while Fenerbahce could record one more direct point from the serving line. 


The Golden Set turned out to be a real nail-biter. None of the teams was giving up, but successful actions on the block after the 12th point helped VakifBank to clinch the victory. 


VakifBank’s Kara Bajema was named MVP of the game (13 points, 56% exc.), while Paola Egonu became the top scorer with 21 points (57% exc.). For Fenerbahce, Melissa Vargas scored the most (18 pts, 47% exc.).

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“I feel incredible, nobody believed in us, but we did it! We showed that as long as you believe in yourself, you can accomplish everything.”

Gabriela Guimaraes
Captain of VakifBank Istanbul

“We played against a great team that did not lose a set for the last two months, but we were very well-prepared. Special thanks to my players. I have a team that knows very well how to play such matches. My players were very motivated, organised and passionate. Today, we had a mountain in front of us to climb, but step by step, we climbed that mountain and reached the top of it.”

Giovanni Guidetti
Head coach of VakifBank Istanbul

“I am proud of all my teammates. We worked hard and it paid off. I'm so excited for the Big Finale. It will be a very difficult match, but we believe we can win.”

Kara Bajema
MVP of the game and player of VakifBank 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.

Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of Fenerbahce Opet ISTANBUL compared to VakifBank ISTANBUL.

Ace Count

Fenerbahce Opet ISTANBUL number of service aces compared to VakifBank ISTANBUL

Error Difference

Errors leading to points of Fenerbahce Opet ISTANBUL, next to those from VakifBank ISTANBUL