Zurich, Switzerland, April 17, 2015 – Hosts Volero Zurich will enter the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship on a high. The Swiss side completed a highly successful domestic season last night, defeating Volley Koeniz at home 3-0 to claim their sixth consecutive and tenth overall Swiss Championship title.
The latest result tidily summed up the best-of-three final series of the Swiss NLA league for Volero, who had also won the two previous matches 3-0 and 3-1. The success came on top of the Swiss Cornercard Cup, which Volero won earlier in the season, defeating Volley Duedingen in the final at Fribourg.
But the highlight of the last championship match against Koeniz was the appearance on court, for the first time this season, of Serbian international Ana Antonijevic. Volero had started the match with reserve setter Ana Grbac of Croatia, substituting USA’s Courtney Lynn Thompson. Twenty-eight-year-old Antonijevic, who was sidelined by an Achilles heel injury before the start of the season, came in for Grbac during the third set last night, in time to celebrate the title.
Serbian international Ana Antonijevic sets up an attack at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup in 2011
With Antonijevic back on track for a potential World Championship appearance in less than three weeks, it remains to be seen who will be on coach Avital Sellinger’s final roster. Sellinger took charge of Volero only last month, following the resignation of Dragutin Baltic in the wake of the team’s elimination from the Final Four of the CEV Denizbank Champions League.