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24/03/2021 13:30
VakifBank hoping to overcome shock of home defeat in the #CLVolleyW Semi-Finals
CEV Champions League Volley 2021 - Women

Luxembourg, March 24, 2021. The shocking 2-3 defeat suffered by the Turkish giants of VakifBank Istanbul on home court in front of the Italians of Unet e-Work Busto Arsizio has left all the volleyball community wondering if indeed Giovanni Guidetti’s squad could overcome this situation and put itself again in contention for another CEV Champions League Volley trophy.

This second very anticipated match between these two sides will be streamed live on CEV’s EuroVolley.TV!*

*Geo-restrictions may apply.


Another win this week in Busto Arsizio would push Unet through to their second Champions League final, after 2015. Back then, they took silver. They also have a 2013 bronze out of their three appearances in the competition. Four-time club European champions VakifBank, however, will do their best to take revenge with a 3-0 or 3-1 win, which would send them to the ninth continental final in the club’s history. Should another five-set battle take place, a tie-breaker win for VakifBank would set the stage for a golden set decider.


Giovanni Guidetti, head coach of VakifBank Istanbul: “We are very excited for the match we have to play. The Super Final is exactly where we want to be. We want to play a real match, we want to play a great match against a great team, and we want to deserve to be in Verona. So we are very excited for this challenge. We believe in ourselves; we believe in our power. We want to go to the Super Final and our focus is to be the best VakifBank that we can be in Busto Arsizio.”

Rossella Olivotto, middle blocker of Unet e-work Busto Arsizio: "We start from 0-0. The result of the first leg does not give us much of an advantage, and in any case it is better not to make calculations against a strong team like VakifBank. After a complicated start of the match in Istanbul, we definitely understood that we can play on par with them. But at the e-work Arena we will have to do even better. I am sure that, aware that the series is still open, Guidetti's team will arrive in Italy ready to attack from the first minute in order to reverse the situation. But we are very charged and we will give our best to achieve the goal."

The winner of this tie will go through to the Super Finals of the CEV Champions League Volley where they will meet A. Carraro Imoco Conegliano in an event scheduled to take place on 1st May in Verona, Italy.

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