Zurich, Switzerland, May 9, 2010 - Hosts Volero Zurich are just hours away from a shot at a dream that has eluded them for the past three years. They're making their third attempt at qualifying to a Club World final, when they take on Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul in the opening semifinal of the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship.
Both teams have been faltering so far in the competition. Volero dropped a set to underdogs Mirador Santo Domingo and then lost their second match in pool play to Rexona-AdeS Rio de Janeiro.
Eczacibasi were also 1-1 in their pool. The reigning European Champions lost their opening match to Hisamitsu Springs Kobe in five sets and had to come up with a brilliant performance against Dynamo Krasnodar to make it through.
The match begins at 15:30 local time (13:30 GMT) at the Saalsporthalle.
Head-to-head. Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul and Volero Zurich will meet for the first time at the Club World Championship.. This match will also be the first meeting between a Turkish and Swiss side in the competition.
Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul. Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul could become the third side from Turkey to reach the final at the Club World Championship, after Fenerbahce Istanbul in 2010 and VakifBank Istanbul in 2011 and 2013.. Eczacibasi, who are participating for the first time at the Club World Championship, could become the third Turkish side after Fenerbahce (2010) and VakifBank (2011) to reach the final in their debut season.. Participating sides from Turkey have always finished on the podium: Fenerbahce in 2010 (gold) and 2012 (bronze) and VakifBank in 2011 (silver) and 2013 (gold).. The Club World Championship has had eight different winners from five different countries. Brazil has won the tournament a record three times. Turkey follow with two wins.
Volero Zurich. Volero Zurich have qualified for the Club World Championship semifinals for the third edition in a row, despite a 3-1 defeat against Rexona-AdeS Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, their first ever pool play defeat in three appearances.. Volero Zurich are the first team in Club World Championship history to reach the semis three editions in a row.. Volero Zurich could reach the Club World Championship final for the first time. In the 2013 semis, they lost in straight sets against Rexona-AdeS (then named Unilever Volei) and last year, Molico Ossasco proved too strong (3-1).. Volero Zurich could become the first Club World Championship hosts to reach the final since 1991, when hosts Sadia Sao Paulo beat Colgate Sao Caetano 3-0 in the final in their home city Sao Paolo