16. 03. 2019

TUR W: Fenerbahçe and VakıfBank both start playoffs with authority

Source: tvf-web.dataproject.com; Photo: fenerbahce.org

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Both Fenerbahçe Opet and VakıfBank responded with authority to the role of favorites that was given to them prior to the 2018-2019 Vestel Venus Sultanlar Ligi (Turkish women’s volleyball league) playoff quarterfinals.


In Game 1 of the best-of-three playoff quarterfinals in Turkey, the third seed Fenerbahçe Opet beat No.6 Türk Hava Yolları (Turkish Airlines) on the road in straight sets, having trouble to prevail only in the third one. Cuban teenager who settled at the top of the scorer’s list in the league Melissa Vargas highlighted for „Fener“ with 18 points (4 aces). Azerbaijani opposite hitter Polina Rahimova scored 17 points for THY. Game 2 is scheduled in Fenerbahçe’s hall on March 28.

Since league’s rules say that the first match in the series has to be played in the field of the lower seeded team, No.2 VakıfBank traveled to Bursa and defeated the seventh seed Nilüfer Bld, also in straight sets. Kübra Akman (5 kill blocks, 73% excellent attack) and 19-year-old Ebrar Karakurt scored 12 points apiece for the winning side. Canadian Autumn Bailey was the best scorer in Nilüfer with 13 points.

2018-2019 Vestel Venus Sultanlar Ligi playoff quarterfinals – Game 1:

(7) Nilüfer Bld. vs. (2) VakıfBank 0-3 (18-25, 20-25, 24-26)

(6) Türk Hava Yolları vs. (3) Fenerbahçe Opet 0-3 (20-25, 16-25, 26-28)

March 17:

(5) Beşiktaş vs. (4) Galatasaray HDI Sigorta

March 28:

(8) Kameroğlu Beylıkduzu Voleybol Ihtisas vs. (1) Eczacıbaşı VitrA



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