Team line-up for 2013 FIVB Women's Club World Championship starts to take shape
They will join qualifiers Vakifbank Istanbul from Europe and Kenya Prisons from Africa in the tournament, which will take place in Zurich from October 8 to 13. The last qualifier will come from NORCECA, while the remaining slot will be filled by the hosts – reigning Swiss champions Volero Zurich.
Unilever Volei won the South American Women's Club Championship in Lima on Sunday to secure their place in the World Championship. They defeated Peruvian side Universidad Cesar Vallejo 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-16) to lift the title and book their ticket to Zurich.
“We fulfilled our goal," said Unilever coach Bernardinho. "We showed a great level of skill, and we worked very hard. This has been a season of hard work and friendship, winning these titles and our national league. Now we face new challenges at the Club World Championship."
Earlier Sunday, Guangdong Evergrande underlined their supremacy at the 14th Asian Women’s Club Championship with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16) victory over Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan in Dac Lac, Vietnam. It was Evergrande’s first Asian title.
Coach Lang Ping, who was recently named coach of the Chinese national team, commented: “We did a good job in this tournament.”
Vakifbank Istanbul qualified by winning the Women’s CEV Volleyball Champions League in March with a perfect 12-0 record, while Kenya Prisons captured their fourth straight African title on April 12 with a five-set (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-6) win over GS Petroliers of Algeria.