VakifBank retain FIVB Club World Championship title

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Rosamaria Montibeller (top) of Praia Clube spikes the ball during the 3-4 final match between Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul of Turkey and Praia Clube of Brazil at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship in Shaoxing, east China's Zhejiang province, Dec. 9, 2018. Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul won 3-0. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Chinese spiker Zhu Ting produced a 21-point performance as VakifBank Istanbul retained their title at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship, beating Minas Tenis Clube of Brazil in straight sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-19) on Sunday.

In addition to Zhu's haul, Kelsey Robinson also added 15 points for VakifBank. Gabriela Braga Guimaraes led the scoring for Minas with 16 points, while Bruna Honorio Marques had 15.

VakifBank captain Zhu was crowned the tournament's best player having scored 98 points, with 90 from spikes and eight from blocks.

Both sides progressed to the tournament's knockout stage from Pool A, in which VakifBank also beat South American champions Minas.

In the tournament's third-place match, fellow Turkish side Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul claimed the bronze medal with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-19) win over Praia Clube of Brazil.

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