Eczacıbaşı VitrA

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Eczacıbaşı VitrA
Eczacıbaşı Spor Klübü
Full name Eczacıbaşı SK Women's Volleyball Team
Short name Eczacıbaşı
Founded 1966
Ground Eczacıbaşı Spor Salonu, Istanbul
(Capacity: 1,000)
Chairman Turkey Faruk Eczacıbaşı
Captain Turkey Neslihan Demir
League Turkish Women's Volleyball League CEV Champions League
Website Club home page
2016–17 season

Eczacıbaşı VitrA is the women's volleyball department of Eczacıbaşı S.K., a Turkish sports club based in Istanbul, Turkey. The team plays its home matches at the Eczacıbaşı Spor Salonu hall in Istanbul. Eczacıbaşı has won a record 17 Turkish League titles and a record eight Turkish Cups, amongst others. In the 2014-15 season they won the CEV Champions League and that gave them the ticket to capture the 2015 FIVB World Club Championship in Zürich, a year later the club became the first club in the world to win the FIVB World Club Championship back-to-back by defending their crown in the Philippines during the 2016 FIVB World Club Championship in Manila.[1]


The club has invested in women's volleyball for approximately 40 years and has pioneered for Turkish women's volleyball. The team plays in the CEV Champions League regularly.

The international achievements of Eczacıbaşı have set an example for Turkish volleyball and contributed to the success of the Turkish National Women's Volleyball Team. With its systematic and modern approach to the sport and close to 40 years experience, Eczacıbaşı is one of the most highly respected volleyball clubs in Europe.

Eczacıbaşı women's volleyball team won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1999. The club also finished 2nd in the European Champion Clubs' Cup of 1980 and the CEV Cup of 1993; 3rd in the European Champion Clubs' Cup of 2000 and the Top Teams Cup of 2005; and 4th in the European Champion Clubs' Cup of 1984 and the Champions’ League of 2001 and 2002; in the season 2014-15 won the CEV Champions League and the 2015 FIVB World Club Championship in Zürich, and a year later the club became won the FIVB World Club Championship back-to-back by defending their crown during the 2016 FIVB World Club Championship in Manila, becoming the first and only club in volleyball history to achieve this outstanding feat.[2]

Eczacıbaşı has won more national championships than any other women's volleyball team in Turkey, with 28 Turkish League Championships[3] under its belt since it entered the league in 1968. In the 1972-1973 season, the team began to set its first record of consecutive wins, winning 17 Turkish League titles in a row. It repeated this performance another five years between 1999 and 2003, when it also won five Turkish Cups.

Over the years, Eczacıbaşı has worked with many internationally renowned players, such as Irina Ilchenko (Irina Simirrnova), Lioubov Chachkova (Lioubov Kılıç), Elena Godina, Antonina Zetova, Yevgeniya Artamonova, Tatyana Gracheva, Barbara Ruzic (Barbara Jelic), Antonella Del Core, Mirka Francia, Neslihan Darnel, Jordan Larson, Esra Gümüş, Gülden Kayalar. The team is managed by Italian coach Massimo Barbolini.

Team Roster 2016–17[edit]

As per June 1, 2015.[4][5]

No. Player Position Date of Birth Height (m) Country
1 Gizem Aşçı Setter 26 January 1998 1.75  Turkey
3 Tijana Bošković Opposite Hitter 8 March 1997 1.93  Serbia
4 Simge Aköz Libero 1991 1.68  Turkey
6 Thaisa Menezes Middle Blocker 15 May 1987 1.96  Brazil
7 Hande Baladın Outside spiker 1 September 1997 1.90  Turkey
8 Rachael Adams Middle Blocker 3 June 1990 1.87  United States
9 Büşra Kılıçlı Middle Blocker 16 July 1990 1.88  Turkey
10 Jordan Larson Wing-Spiker 16 October 1986 1.87  United States
11 Nilay Özdemir Setter 24 October 1985 1.79  Turkey
14 Gözde Yılmaz Outside spiker 9 September 1991 1.95  Turkey
16 Ceylan Arısan Middle Blocker 1 January 1994 1.90  Turkey
18 Maja Ognjenović Setter 6 August 1984 1.83  Serbia

Technical Staff[edit]

As of 25 March 2017 [6]

Country Name Position
Turkey Nalan Ural Team Manager
Italy Massimo Barbolini Head Coach
Italy Riccardo Ton Fitness Coach
Turkey Alper Hamurcu Assistant Coach
Turkey Yunus Öçal Assistant Coach
Turkey Seçkin Pişkin Physiotherapist
Italy Gianluca Grilli Physiotherapist
Turkey Ömer Can Küçükaslan Assistant Coach
Russia Fedor Kuzin Assistant Coach
Turkey Artun Aksan Statistician
Turkey Sedat Tolga Aydoğ Doctor
Turkey Ali Demircan Health Care Coordinator


International competitions[edit]

National competitions[edit]

  • Turkish Women's Volleyball League
    • Winners (17) (record): 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12
  • Turkish Women's Volleyball Championship (defunct)
    • Winners (11) (record): 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
  • Turkish Cup
    • Winners (8) (record): 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Turkish Super Cup
    • Winners (2): 2011, 2012

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]