FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


Vakifbank Istanbul send Iowa Ice home

Vakifbank Istanbul continue their winning streak in international competitions by defeating Iowa Ice (USA) in straight sets.

Zurich, Switzerland, October 10, 2013 – Women’s CEV champions Vakifbank Istanbul started their 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Champs campaign with a straight-set win (25-16, 25-12, 25-17) over Iowa Ice from the United States of America. It was the second defeat for the US-players who have to pack their packs after the Preliminary Phase.


Best scorer of the match was Istanbul’s captain Kirdar Sonsirma Gözde with 11 points. Andrea Justine Landi helped her side with ten winners.


Vakifbank Istanbul booked ten block kills and six aces while Iowa Ice only had two (1/1).


Gözde (7 points in the opening set) led her squad to an undisputed first set win. Even though there was not much to separate the two teams at the start of tonight’s Pool B duel (10-8), the European champions progressively took command of the match. The Guidetti team showed all their power at the net, giving the US blockers a hard time (25-16).


Iowa Ice kept an excellent team spirit early in the second set. The squad of coach Janelle Hester led 5-3 but could not benefit from their advantage as Istanbul quickly regained momentum. At the first technical break, the Europeans led 8-7 and extended the margin gradually to seven points at the second technical timeout. Setter Naz Aydemir repeatedly found gaps in the US defense, putting a lot of pressure on libero Caitlin Mahoney and her teammates. At 24-12, Carolina Costagrande closed it out for the Turks with a remarkable block winner on Andrea Landi.


For the third set, Vakifbank coach Giovanni Guidetti sent in Uslupehlivan Polen for Jovana Brakocevic and Jelena Nikolic for Carolina Costagrande. However, it did not change much in terms of relative strength and score. Guidetti continued his replacements with younger players getting a look-in. 23-year young Polen brought up match ball at 24-17 before Güldeniz ended it 25-17 and 3:0 for the favourites from Europe.



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