VakifBank Istanbul sets new FIVB world club women's record for blocks
Vakifbank eclipses by one a five-year-old women's club world championship record for blocks. Jerome Ascano

VAKIFBANK Istanbul broke record the blocking record of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena here.

VakifBank Istanbul made a total of 27 blocks as it defeated Hisamitsu Springs Kobe in four sets.

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The previous record was held by Sollys Nestle Osasco in a win, also in four sets, over Chang Bangkok in 2011 in Doha, Qatar.

Zhu Ting’s nine blocks in a single match also eclipsed Adenizia Silva’s eight in Sollys Nestle Osasco’s straight-sets win over Foppapedretti Bergamo in 2010 also in Doha.

“And I think it was the first time in my life I had seen 27 blocks, not even in five sets, I never saw this number, I’m happy for that,” said VakifBank coach Giovanni Guidetti.

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“You see with your eyes, she’s unbelievable, she’s a great player and I’m happy to have her,” he said of Zhu, who carried China to the gold medal finish and eventual MVP in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Hisamitsu Springs Kobe only had five blocks in the match that took an hour and 45 minutes.

“(On) blocks and defense we did a pretty good job and the distribution was pretty good I cannot find a part of the game that was not good today so maybe transition, we could have better high balls,” said Guidetti.

 

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