9 December 2023


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#Champions League: VakifBank Istanbul to the top of European Women Volleyball! Conegliano defeated in four sets!

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VakıfBank İstanbul reject Egonu’s 39 points to win European title….and to become best team in CEV Women’s Volleyball Champions League history!
The turkish club did it after winning their 5th title tonight in the Super Finals in Ljubljana, Slovenia, defeating A. Carraro Imoco Conegliano in 4 sets: 3-1 (25:22, 25:21, 23:25, 25:21).


Thus VakıfBank are on the top of Europe on a club level again after 4 years, winning the most titles in the CEV Champions League Volley | Women history that began in 2000.
More than 9,000 supporters from all sides gathered at the Stožice Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, to watch yet another final match between two teams who have forged a long-awaited rivalry in Europe.
The winners came into this tournament determined to take over their title after losing the final the previous season to the same rivals, who today reacted only in the 3rd set, losing the crown after making too many errors (36 in total!).
In the first two sets, Imoco gave as many as 22 points to a rival’s squad that needs no gifts to win.
VakıfBank are too strong, and it’s no coincidence that this season, Giovanni Guidetti’s girls have won all 5 tournaments (Turkish League, Cup, Super Cup, FIVB Club World Championship, and Champions League) in which they participated, the last two over Imoco!
However, it had to be stressed that the Italians had the chance to force the tie-break as they wasted a conspicuous 9-3 ahead in the 4th set!

In her (and not only her) last match in the Imoco jersey, going exactly to the ranks of a club from whom she lost the final tonight, Paola Egonu showed a brutal display with 39 points, including 4 aces, but in vain.
Brazilian Gabriela Braga Guimarães ‘Gabi’ scored 23 for VakıfBank and was named MVP of the match.

Giovanni Guidetti, the head coach of the Istanbul-based team, said after the match: “I’m happy to have such a team. My team put up a tremendous fight. As a result, we reached the title. VakıfBank would definitely not exist without these working people you see.

Asked about the fact that VakıfBank became the Champions League record holder with the most trophies, the Italian expert commented: “I don’t think about the records. I think about our team. We were behind 9-3, if there was another team, they would’ve expected a tie-break. But, I have a team that never gives up and has resilience.


🏐| 2021/22 CEV Champions League VolleySUPERFINALS

WOMEN A. Carraro Imoco Conegliano – VakifBank Istanbul 1-3 (22:25, 21:25, 25:23, 21:25)

MEN Trentino Itas – Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Kozle 0-3 (22:25, 20:25, 30:32)



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