Though Cannes won a set in Turkey, their overall performance can be called as disaster. In two sets team coached by Yan Fang didn’t reach even 10 points! Matches in Omsk and Zurich also had 4 sets.

Play Off 6 – 1st Leg Results:

VakifBank Istanbul – Racing Cannes 3-1 (21-25 25-7 25-18 25-9)

VakifBank: Aydemir Akyol (5), Sonsirma (18), Toksoy Guidetti (7), Brakocevic (14), Costagrande (13), Fuerst (13), Karadayi (L) and Onal Pasaoglu (L) (1), Akin, Nikolic (1), Uslupehlivan
Cannes: Antonijevic (1), Bokan (3), Rasic (7), Centoni (16), Yaneva (6), Aelbrecht (8), Ortschitt (L), Arcangeli (L) and Partenio (1), A.Lazic, Van De Vyver

After good first set by visitors, French team stopped playing. The greatest problem was their reception – team committed 18 errors there, 7 of them made libero Deborah Ortschitt! Other obstacle were game by Outside Hitters, both Eva Yaneva and Tatjana Bokan were disappointment.
In Turkish team back in game was captain, Gozde Sonsirma, she’s still not fully recovered yet, but despite trauma she was the best player of team. Also Christiane Fuerst and Carolina Costagrande had significant impact on game. In second set Vakifbank’s libero Gizem Karadayi got injured her knee and she’ll be out for about 1,5 month. She was replaced by Guldeniz Onal Pasaoglu with decent result.

Team Stats:

ActionsSpike pointsSpike %BlockServeRec ExcRec PosErrors

Team Leaders:

ActionsPointsSpike ptsSpike %BlockAceErrors
Gozde Sonsirma181454%311
Nadia Centoni161644%004


Omichka Omsk – Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul 1-3 (17-25 27-29 25-22 21-25)

Omichka: Babeshina, Mammadova (16), Shlyakhovaya (1), Carillo De La Paz (29), Kutyukova (9), Yurieva (10), Kuzyakina (L) and Orlova (8), Kornienko (1), Belkova, Terekhina
Eczacibasi: Karakoyun (5), Gumus Kirici (11), Picussa (7), Demir (26), Usic Jogunica (11), Poljak (12), Kuzubasioglu (L) and Kayacan, Ercan, Havelkova

Omichka made so many mistakes in all sets and it’s main reason for their loss. Cuban Opposite, Nancy Carillo had good game in three sets, but in last set she hit into block many times and sent next few balls out. Second bet scorer from Omsk, Outside Hitter Natalya Mammadova is getting older and she isn’t so strong as she was in previous years. In team from Istanbul brilliant performance again by Neslihan Demir. Main setter, Denise Hanke was absent, but her backup Asuman Karakoyun had good game. Surprisingly good comparing to previous game played Outside Hitter, Senna Usic Jogunica. Other OH from Istanbul, Helena Havelkova is slowly getting back to team after injury and she had a small sub. Both Carillo and Demir had strong serves – both got 7 aces.


Team Stats:

ActionsSpike pointsSpike %BlockServeRec ExcRec PosErrors


Team Leaders:

ActionsPointsSpike ptsSpike %BlockAceErrors
Nancy Carillo292038%278
Neslihan Demir261741%276



Volero Zurich – Dinamo Kazan 1-3 (25-20 14-25 25-27 22-25)

Volero: Thompson, Carcaces Opon (11), Golubovic (8), Rykhliuk (25), Klaric (2), Ninkovic (14), Popovic (L) and Nyukhalova, Guerra Souza, Granvorka (4)
Dinamo: Startseva (5), Borodakova (13), Del Core (12), Gamova (22), Moroz (11), Larson-Burbach (15), Ulanova (L) and Voronkova, Malkova, Melnikova

Except second set it was a tough battle. Volero’s weakness were Outside Hitters – Kenia Carcaces was main serve target and because of that she lost her killer’s instinct, while defensive Outside Hitters: Karla Klaric and Ines Granvorka were too weak in terms of spiking, what cost Volero especially lost third set. The only one who kept their standard level was Opposite from Ukraine, Olessya Rykhliuk, which I probably saw in last commercial of Korean Air (you can watch it here: By Dinamo again good game by Ekaterina Gamova, Middle Blockers Maria Borodakova and Regina Moroz played better than expected. Jordan Larson had almost perfect reception, but she wasn’t good spiker, it was compensated a bit by Antonella Del Core. Attitude both by Gamova and Larson was horrible, both were arrogant, quarrelled with referees (Larson even with Volero’s coach) and yelled at opponents (for some actions both Jordan and Ekaterina should’ve got at least yellow cards, but I would give them red or even throw out of court like Spiridonov in one World League game). It was so irritating certainly not only for me, but also for many spectators in front of TVs, computers and in hall.

Team Stats:

ActionsSpike pointsSpike %BlockServeRec ExcRec PosErrors


Team Leaders:

ActionsPointsSpike ptsSpike %BlockAceErrors
Olessya Rykhliuk252349%115
Ekaterina Gamova222147%105


Photo: CEV