VakifBank to begin title defence in Shaoxing
A key player for VakifBank Istanbul, Zhu Ting is back to help her club win the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship in 2018
The reigning champions will also face Brazil’s Minas Tenis Clube and France’s Volero Le Cannet in Pool A, while Pool B contenders include Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, Kazakhstan’s Altay Volleyball Club, Thailand’s Supreme Chonburi and Brazil’s Praia Clube.
The fixtures on the first day start with Supreme Chonburi going up against Praia Clube at 10.00 local time (02.00 GMT), followed by the matchup between Minas Tenis Clube and Volero Le Cannet at 14.00 (06.00 GMT). Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul will take on Altay Volleyball Club at 17.00 local time / 09.00 GMT before the host team’s match against the defending champions at 20.00 local time / 12.00 GMT.
This year’s competition features players of reigning world champions Serbia representing various clubs - Tijana Boskovic of Eczacibasi, Milena Rasic of VakifBank, Ana Bjelica of Volero and Silvija Popovic of Altay.
The big names in women’s volleyball like Zhu Ting and Lonneke Sloetjes of VakifBank, Kim Yeon-Koung and Lauren Gibbemeyer of Eczacibasi, Gabriela Guimaraes and Natalia Pereira of Minas, Carli Lloyd and Rosamaria Montibeller of Praia Clube, Pleumjit Thinkaow and Wilavan Apinyapong of Supreme and Liu Yanhan of Zhejiang.
Olympic medallists Fabiana Claudino and Fe Garay and a long list of great talents will beef up their respective lineups in their quest to capture the Women’s Club World Championship trophy.
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