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Fenerbahce ends VakifBank’s winning streak at 73

The players of Fenerbahce celebrate their straight victory whereby they ended at 73 the terrific winning streak of 2013 club world champions VakifBank
Istanbul, Turkey, January 27, 2014 – Fenerbahce SK Istanbul stopped the terrific winning streak of VakifBank Istanbul at 73 on Saturday as the “Yellow Angels” beat the reigning club world champions in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, and 25-19) in a Turkish national league match.

VakifBank’s last defeat dated back to April 10, 2012 where the side led by coach Giovanni Guidetti had lost to Eczacibasi VitrA in the second round of the Championship series of the Turkish national league. Their remarkable run of victories included an inaugural FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship title in Zurich last year.

The “big match” started pretty well for VakifBank who opened with a 7-2 break before their opponents responded with an 8-1 run to make it 10-8. The score remained very close up to the second technical time-out, and after another tie at 22, the set was decided by a mistake of Polen Uslupehlivan, an ace by Aneta Havlickova and an attack killed by Korean superstar Kim Yeon-Koung (25-22).

VakifBank was once again off to a very good start also in the second set (8-6) but things changed again and by the time his team was trailing 11-14, Guidetti decided to field Serbian-born opposite Jovana Brakocevic, who was back in action after missing a few matches due to injury. However, she also could not change the course of the game and Fenerbahce pocketed the second set by blocking Carolina Costagrande (25-22).

After another good start by VakifBank (5-1), Fenerbahce stormed back flipping the charts around already at the first technical time-out (8-6) and from there onwards controlled the game with Kim eventually top scoring with 22 points while Jovana Brakocevic was the only player of VakifBank to finish the game in double digits (11).

VakifBank will resume their European campaign next week playing France’s RC Cannes in the Playoffs 6 of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League while Fenerbahce SK is set to play Czech champions Agel Prostejov in the Challenge Round of the 2014 CEV Volleyball Cup – Women.

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