Semifinals confirmed at Women's Club World Championship
Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul claimed victory against Praia Clube on Friday
Saturday's matches in Shaoxing:
• Zhejiang Women's Volleyball Club-Altay Volleyball Club - 10.00 local time/02.00 GMT
• Supreme Chonburi-Volero Le Cannet - 14.00 local time/06.00 GMT
Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul defeated Praia Clube of Brazil 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21) to stay top of Pool B - though both teams were already qualified for the semifinals. In the third match of the day, VakifBank Istanbul defeated Brazilians Minas Tenis Clube 3-0 (25-23, 30-28, 25-18) to remain undefeated in Pool A.
In the two other matches played on Friday, Supreme Chonburi of Thailand were victorious against Altay Volleyball Club 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 25-17) and hosts Zhejiang Women's Volleyball won against Volero Le Cannet of France 3-2 (16-25, 25-19, 19-25, 26-24, 16-14).
Despite losing to reigning world champions VakifBank Istanbul, Minas Tenis Clube are qualified for the semifinals of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship.
• Turkish clubs Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul and VakifBank Istanbul won their third matches of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship on Friday to top their respective pools. Both teams were already qualified for the semifinals of the competition alongside Praia Clube and Minas Tenis Clube of Brazil.
• Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul leads the tournament scoring after three days of pool play with a total of 57 points, three more the Tijana Boskovic of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul and 7 more than Gabriela Guimaraes of Minas Tenis Clube.
• It was the first time any of these clubs were meeting at a Club World Championship.
Results & Match Centres of Friday:
• Supreme Chonburi (THA) v Altay Volleyball Club (KAZ) 3-1
• Praia Clube (BRA) v Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul (TUR) 1-3
• VakifBank Istanbul (TUR) v Minas Tenis Clube (BRA) 3-0
• Zhejiang Women’s Volleyball Club (CHN) v Volero Le Cannet (FRA) 3-2
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