World Champion Eczacıbaşı VitrA!

Eczacıbaşı VitrA has won a sweeping victory at the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship in Manila, Philippines. Undefeated in the tournament, Eczacıbaşı VitrA beat 2016 European Champion Pomi Casalmaggiore 3-2 to become World Champion for the second year in a row – a first in the history of the FIVB Club World Championships.

Playing strong throughout the tournament, the orange and white team left little to luck in its final game, countering the powerful plays of its final competitor with formidable strategy and skill to win the Championship Cup.

News of Eczacıbaşı VitrA’s victory was received with joy in Turkey, where it rose to the top of social media topics amidst a flood of congratulatory messages.

Speaking to the press after the match, Eczacıbaşı VitrA Coach Massimo Barbolini said he was very proud of all the players and thrilled to be starting the new season with such an important cup. “Our goal now,” he added, “is to repeat this achievement in the Turkish League and European Champions’ League.”

Alongside the cup, two players received individual performance awards: Tijana Boskovic as both “Most Valuable Player” and “Best Opposite”, and Tatiana Kosheleva as “Best Outside Hitter”.

Eczacıbaşı VitrA - Pomi Casalmaggiore: 3-2

Arena: Mall of Asia Arena, Manila

Referees: Piotr Dudek, Patricia Rolf

Eczacıbaşı VitrA: Jordan Larson, Gülden Kayalar Kuzubaşıoğlu, Tatiana Kosheleva, Maja Ognjenovic, Thaisa Daher Pallesi, Tijana Boskovic, Rachael Adams, Simge Şebnem Aköz, Neslihan Demir Güler, Büşra Kılıçlı, Nilay Özdemir, Hande Baladın, Gözde Yılmaz, Ceylan Arısan.

Pomi Casalmaggiore: Lucia Bacchi, Carli Lloyd, Klara Peric, Immacolata Sirressi, Carmen Marinela Turlea, Lauren Gibbemeyer, Lucia Bosetti, Giulia Gibertini, Anastasia Guerra, Samanta Fabris, Jovana Stevanovic, Valentina Tirozzi, Tamara Susic.

Sets: 3-2 (25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-11)