Eczacıbasi VitrA (@1.47) vs Fenerbahce Istanbul (@2.45)
03-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Eczacıbasi VitrA will win

Eczacıbasi VitrA – Fenerbahce Istanbul Match Prediction | 03-11-2019 12:30

Volero ZRICH were not able to find an answer to VakifBanks offensive power and consequently, the visitors won the set again, this time 25-17. Big saves, incredible blocks, and thrilling spikes; this set had a little bit of everything. But it was once again Lonneke Sletjes and Olympic champ Zhu Ting who made the difference with their cold-bloodedness in the offence. In the third set, the two teams spoiled the 2,300 spectators in the stands with Volleyball at its finest.

VakifBank had to step up. VakifBank ISTANBUL eventually prevailed 25-20 and were back in the game. The Dutch international overpowered the Swiss defence and booked eight points in the second set alone. The leading power on the court, on the other hand, was without doubt opposite Lonneke Sletjes. But Giovanni Guidetti wouldnt be Giovanni Guidetti if he didnt know how to manage such difficult stages. The star coach found the right words to bring his team back on track during the first set interval.

We committed too many errors and could not take advantage of our service in the opening set. VakifBank ISTANBUL setter Naz Aydemir Akyol: I think its normal to struggle a little bit in the first set when you play abroad in another gym. It is always better to face a team you know. But we did a great job afterwards.

In a match that has been highly anticipated since the Playoff 6 Drawing of Lots, both teams started strongly exchanging points until the home teams American star Jordan Larson stepped up and helped her side to lead at the first technical time-out 8-6. After this, Fenerbahce bounced back with some important points from Natalia Zilio Pereira (11-12) before Brazils Thaisa Daher Pallesis effective serving forced Fenerbahce to take their first team time-out at 14-12. Eczacibasi VitrA continued to lead at the second technical time out 16-14 and the orange and white blocks helped the home team win the first set 25-16.

Fenerbahce, Vakifbank Win European League Matches

Istanbul played host to one of the Champions League thrillers, as a local derby commenced between two teams to determine which one will be at the Final Four next month. In a game with many twists and turns, it was Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL who came out the victor beating Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 15-12), although it should be said that in terms of total points the losing team actually won more, 103 to 102.

VakifBank, on the other hand, were with their backs to the wall in the opening set where a home lead of 18-9 was testament to that. Zivkovic played a huge game and led her team to the win in the first set. The Olympic silver medallist had to replace Fabola since the Brazilian national player suffered a knee injury in a training session before the game. If there is one matchup in European womens club Volleyball that needs no introduction, its this battle between the team from the shores of Lake Zurich and the team from the Turkish metropole Istanbul. ZRICH started strongly with an aggressive serving game as well as a cold-blooded offense, the reigning Swiss champs outclassed the Turkish top team at the very start of the game. Foluke Akinradewos ace to 25-15 was the perfect conclusion. One of the main reasons for the result was Volero setter Bojana Zivkovic. Volero ZRICH versus VakifBank ISTANBUL. Volero did not disappoint the high expectations of their home crowd.

Volero ZRICH coach Zoran Terzic. In the first set, we played with a free head. Now we have to start as well into the game in Istanbul, like we did today, then everything is possible. We had a strong serve and attack. Unfortunately, we then started to be afraid of our own mistakes. It is impossible to win over VakifBank ISTANBUL like this; because VakifBank is one of the best if not the best team in the world. Nonetheless, I told my players that it takes two good games to win such a series.

The second set started with the same energy from the both teams with Fenerbahce leading 8-7 when their Korean star Kims serving forced Eczacibasi to take their first team time-out trailing 8-11. This had little influence though with Fenerbahce continuing to dominate and home team coach Massimo Barbolini took their second team time out 16-10. Eczacibasi did start to mount a comeback but Fenerbahce won the second set 25-22 in the end.

VakifBank ISTANBUL coach Giovanni Guidetti did not want to overestimate this win saying: Volero started really strong into this game. Its like leading 2:0 in a game. Nevertheless, we stayed calm as a team and fought our way back into the game. I would not say we played bad, but we were just too slow in our offence. But honestly, this win is not enough. I think the pressure was possibly a reason why because when you are VakifBank you have to win every game.

The fourth set was similar when an early lead by the travelling team (8-6) seemed to indicate that the match may have gone away from Eczacibasi. However they rallied, led in particular by the outside hitter Jordan Larson, and they were actually ahead by the second technical time-out 16-14. Two blocks in a row then helped the home team to extend their lead with Eczacibasi crucially winning the fourth set 25-21. With the score level at 2-2, the 3,586 spectators at the Burhan Felek Voleybol Salonu hall were confident that they could cheer their team onto a home victory. However, Fenerbahce started the fifth set the stronger and were ahead 8-6 at the change of ends. Eczacibasi fought back and made the score 8-8, although this was a good as it got for the home team. Fenerbahce won most of the crucial points at the important moments and triumphed 15-12 meaning that they have the advantage for the second match in a fortnight.

Volero ZRICH were now under pressure and had to fight their way back into the game if they wanted to avoid to start with a handicap in the away game. Therefore, the team from the Turkish metropole eventually prevailed 25-21 in the fourth set to claim the crucial away win. But Lonneke Sletjes and VakifBank just proved too strong in the offence.