All hail Eczacgbagg, world volleyball women’s champions

Turkey’s Eczacibaii Vitra was crowned the women’s club world champion, crushing Russian side Dinamo Krasnodar 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 24-26, 25-19) in the finals over the weekend to bring home another top notch trophy after the European champions league.

Eczacibaii, in its maiden appearance, became the third Turkish club to claim the coveted title of FIVB Women’s World Club Championship, as Fenerbahce won the championship in 2010 and VakifBank won last season. With three trophies arriving, Turkey tied its title tally with Brazil.

German middle blocker for the champions Christiane Fuerst made individual history, winning her third gold medal in the topflight tournament, and all of them with Istanbul powerhouses.

In the Final Four held in Zurich, host Volero Zurich, which Eczacibaii defeated in the semifinals on Saturday, became the bronze medalist after beating Brazilian club Rexona-AdeS Rio de Janeiro 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-18).

In the title-decider, Eczacibaii had it easy against the fellow Europeans in the first two sets, which ended 25-16 and 25-21. The Turks got closer to wrap up the game in the third set but missed two match points as Dinamo took a 26-24 lead and took the game to the fourth set. Eczacibaii came back to the court as strong as ever and concluded it 25-19 to take home the trophy.

Eczacibaii’s US outside hitter Jordan Larson-Burbach was the top scorer of the final with 30 points and was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament. In her post-game remarks on the competition’s website, Larson-Burbach said she was exhausted and very proud of her team.

quotWe didn’t start the week well, but we got better and better. It wasn’t an easy game. They are a good team with a big block. This is just a reflection of all the hard work we’ve put in,quot she said.

Larson-Burbach praised their coach, Giovanni Caprara, saying he did a great job. She added that her next goal is to help her national team earn a ticket to the Olympic Games.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN