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Vitra Istanbul trips Rexona-Sesc

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(Mall of Asia Arena)
4 p.m. – VakifBank Istanbul vs Bangkok Glass
7 p.m. – PSL-F2 Logistics Manila vs Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul

Defending champion Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul survived Rexona-Sesc Rio’s spirited challenge and pulled off a thrilling 25-27, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11 victory to bolster its semis bid in the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Tijana Boskovic shone brightest for the reigning champions as she shattered Rexona’s defense time and again with her powerful spikes aside from helping herb team build a rock-solid defense.

Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul’s Thaisa Daher Pallesi spikes over Rexona-Sesc Rio’s Anne Bujis and Ana Carolina da Silva during their FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship match yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Vitra won in five sets. (Manila Bulletin)

Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul’s Thaisa Daher Pallesi spikes over Rexona-Sesc Rio’s Anne Bujis and Ana Carolina da Silva during their FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship match yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Vitra won in five sets.
(Manila Bulletin)

A member of the Serbian team that won silver in the Rio Olympics, Boskovic finished with 28 points built on 20 attacks, seven blocks and an ace, while American national team member Jordan Larson-Burbach and Tatiana Kosheleva added 15 points each.

Vitra Istanbul’s defense was so tight that it produced 22 blocks, the bulk came in the deciding fifth set where they erased a 7-6 deficit.

Thaisa Daher Pallesi typified Vitra Istanbul’s sticky defense as they strung up six points mostly through blocks to rip the game wide apart.

Pallesi also shone for Vitra Istanbul along with American national team player Rachael Adams with 11 points each.

The match was perhaps the most exciting to date as both teams played true to form, what with their thunder-like spikes and deceiving drop shots.

Even the crowd enjoyed every bit of action.

Rexona-Sesc Rio fell to 1-2 despite the efforts of Monique Marinho Pavao, who finished with 24 points, and Gabi Gumaraes, who had 14.

Earlier, Hisamitsu Springs Kobe finally nailed its first win in three games in Pool B with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 triumph over Bangkok Glass.

Captain Miyu Nagaoka tallied 18 kills to finish with 20 points for Hisamitsu Springs, which dominated Bangkok Glass in all departments particularly in attacks (47-28) and blocks (9-5).

Yuki Ishii contributed 13 points, while Nana Iwasaka and Maja Tokarska added 10 points apiece.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa scored 11 points, while skipper Pleumjit Thinkaeow was limited to only four points for Bangkok Glass, which dropped to 0-2.