Volero beat battling GS Pertroliers to book semifinal ticket
Zurich, Switzerland, May 8, 2014- Volero Zurich continued their magnificent start to the FIVB Women's Club World Championship with a win 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-13) win over Algeria's GS Petroliers in the competition day 2 at Saalsporthalle in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday.
With the victory Volero improved their win- loss ratio in the Pool A to 2-0 at the end of their pool matches to confirm a semifinal ticket as top of the pool with one remaining match between GSP and Brazil's SESI-SP. Playing their first match GSP dropped to 0-1.
Home opposite Olesia Rykhliuk stood above all players in the scorers chart with 19 points. Teammates Nadja Ninkovic scored 10. Outside hitter Zohra Bensalem contributed 8 points for GSP as best scorer from her side.
Volero started the match with big motivations from their previous victory over Brazil SESI-SP and also due to the great support from the home crowd. They started using the spike service as a main weapon and succeeded to lead 8-5 at the first TTO. GSP improved relatively through the combinations conducted by their setter Fatma Okazi to come near but again Volero was 16-12 ahead in the second TTO. Afterwards opposite attacker Olesia Rykhliuk started to do her job and sent her unstoppable hits aiding her team to finish the set 25-15.
The second set was more competitive as Volero early led through the proper disciplined reception as they continued their superiority till they led 8-5 at the FTT. GSP played their best in the match as Okazi conducted the attacks through Zohra Bensalem and Safia Boukhima to draw for the first time 15-15 before Volero led narrowly 16-15 at the STT. Volero's middle blocker Nadja Ninkovic did a good job in blocking and stopped a lot of GSP's attacks and on the other side Algerian blocker Aicha Mezemate did a good job also, thus it was the draw 24-24 before Volero won the crucial points to win the second set 26-24 to lead 2-0.
The energetic Volero players found it easy with their consistent performance to win the third set 25-13 and the match in straight sets.