Thursday, 23 May 2024

WNT Update: VakifBank Shining in Türkiye

December 13, 2023 – VakifBank continues to dominate the Turkish volleyball scene, led by the impressive performances of their star players. In this update, we highlight their recent victories and standout players.

VakifBank’s Hard-Earned Victory

VakifBank secured a thrilling five-set victory (25-12, 20-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-10) against Aydın Büyükşehir Belediyespor on December 2nd. The team showcased their resilience and skills, with outstanding performances from outside hitter Ali Frantti, middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu, and opposite Jordan Thompson. Lauren Carlini, the setter for Aydın Büyükşehir Belediyespor, displayed her impressive skills, contributing to her team’s strong performance.

Key Players’ Contributions

  • Ali Frantti scored 16 points, utilizing her 13 kills, two blocks, and one ace to contribute to VakifBank’s success.
  • Chiaka Ogbogu made significant contributions with 13 points, including 10 kills with a remarkable hitting efficiency of .692, along with two blocks and one ace.
  • Jordan Thompson, although playing as a substitute, made a vital impact on the game.

VakifBank: Women’s Club World Champs

VakifBank will be competing in the Women’s Club World Champs from December 12-18 in Hangzhou, China. As they continue their winning streak, VakifBank aims to represent Turkey proudly on the international stage.

Other Turkish Teams’ Performances

  • Carlini and Aydın Büyükşehir Belediyespor had a closely fought match against PTT, resulting in a 3-2 loss on December 8th.
  • Sarah Wilhite Parsons, playing for Kuzeyboru, led her team to a convincing 3-0 victory over Nilüfer Belediyespor on December 2nd.
  • Muratpaşa Bld. Sigorta Shop, with Stephanie Samedy as their standout player, secured a 3-0 victory over Karayollari on December 1st.
  • Galatasaray Daikin, featuring Danielle Cuttino, Logan Eggleston, and Heather Gneiting, dominated with a 3-0 victory over Beşiktaş Ayos.
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Italian Volleyball Update

In Italy’s top-tier league, Kelsey (Robinson) Cook, playing for Prosseco Doc Imoco Conegliano, continued her exceptional form, leading her team to a 3-1 victory over Igor Gorgonzola Novara on December 3rd. Cook showcased her skills with 16 points, including 14 kills, one block, and one ace.

German Volleyball Highlights

Justine Wong-Orantes and SC Potsdam faced a tough battle against VfB Suhl Lotto Thüringen, resulting in a hard-fought 3-2 loss on December 2nd. Wong-Orantes delivered an impressive performance with 18 receptions, showcasing her defensive skills.

Japanese Success Story

Annie Drews and JT Marvelous continued their unbeaten streak with a thrilling 3-2 win on December 2nd. Drews, a standout opposite hitter, contributed an impressive 24 points to her team’s victory.

Brazilian Volleyball Update

Jenna Gray and Gerdau Minas secured a convincing 3-0 victory over SESI Volei Bauru on December 7th. Gray’s exceptional setting skills played a crucial role in Minas’ success.

French Volleyball Highlights

Taylor Mims and Nantes displayed their dominance with a 3-0 victory over LPSC Mariannes 92 on December 2nd. Mims showcased her skills with an impressive 10 points.

Romanian Volleyball Update

Ashley Evans and CSM Bucuresti secured a 3-1 victory over CSU Medicina CNUE Tirgu Mures on December 2nd. Evans’ contributions as a setter were instrumental in her team’s success.

CEV Champions League and CEV Cup Update

In the CEV Champions League, Dana Rettke, Kara Bajema, and Italy’s Allianz Vero Volley Milano remained unbeaten in Pool A after defeating France’s Volley Mulhouse Alsace on December 6th. Ali Frantti, Chiaka Ogbogu, and Jordan Thompson of VakifBank also secured a victory against Serbia’s Jedinstvo Stara Pazova.

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In the CEV Cup, Avery Skinner and Madi Kingdon Rishel of Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri ’76 advanced to the playoff round after sweeping Serbia’s Zeleznicar Lajkovac. Taylor Mims and France’s Neptunes Nantes also advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Spain’s Avarca de Menorca.

That concludes our update on the latest volleyball action. Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates from the world of volleyball!


Q: When is the Women’s Club World Champs taking place?
A: The Women’s Club World Champs is scheduled to be held from December 12-18 in Hangzhou, China.

Q: Are there any standout players from VakifBank?
A: Yes, Ali Frantti, Chiaka Ogbogu, and Jordan Thompson have been instrumental in VakifBank’s recent success.

Q: Which Italian team is Kelsey (Robinson) Cook playing for?
A: Kelsey (Robinson) Cook is playing for Prosseco Doc Imoco Conegliano in Italy’s top-tier league.

Q: Which team did Taylor Mims play against in the CEV Challenge Cup?
A: Taylor Mims and Neptunes Nantes played against Spain’s Avarca de Menorca in the CEV Challenge Cup.