Fenerbahçe Women's Volleyball

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Fenerbahçe S.K.
Full name Fenerbahçe Sports Club Women's Volleyball Department
Short name Fenerbahçe Women's Volleyball
Nickname Sarı Melekler
(The Yellow Angels)

1928 (closed due to lack of opponents)

Ground Burhan Felek Sport Hall, Istanbul
(Capacity: 7,000)
Chairman Turkey Aziz Yıldırım
Manager N/A
Captain Turkey Eda Erdem
League Turkish Women's Volleyball League
2016-2017 Regular: 2nd
Play-off: Champions
Website Club home page
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Fenerbahçe Women's Volleyball is the women's volleyball department of Fenerbahçe S.K., a major sports club based in Istanbul, Turkey. They play their matches at the 7000-seated Burhan Felek Sport Hall. Fenerbahçe won the 2010 FIVB Club World Championship and also the CEV Champions League in 2012.

Previous names[edit]

  • Fenerbahçe (1928, 1954–2007)
  • Fenerbahçe Acıbadem (2007–2011)
  • Fenerbahçe Universal (2011–2012)
  • Fenerbahçe (2012–2014)
  • Fenerbahçe Grundig (2014–2016)
  • Fenerbahçe (2016–present)


The women's volleyball branch was founded in 1928 by Sabiha Rıfat Gürayman who, as a young woman, played for the club's men's volleyball team, and was the first woman architect in Turkey. However, the branch was closed due to the lack of opponents. In 1954, a new era started with assistance from Çamlıca Girls' High School (tr). Starting in 1958, the girls won eight Turkish Championships among many other titles. In 1977, the branch was closed again until 1989, this time due to insufficient funds. In 1993, the team was promoted from the Istanbul First League to the Turkish Second League. The following year, they played in the Turkish First League. However, they were relegated to the Turkish Second League in the 1995-96 season.[citation needed]

Fenerbahçe returned to the Turkish First League in the 2002-03 season, and were runners-up in the 2006-07 season. The senior team was renamed as Fenerbahçe Acıbadem due to a sponsorship agreement with the Acıbadem Healthcare Group from 2007 to 2011. The Yellow Angels were the runners-up after Eczacıbaşı SK in the 2007-08 season, too. They gained the ninth Turkish title in their history in the 2008-09 season, after defeating their archrival Eczacıbaşı SK in the finals (3-2, 0-3, 3-1, 3-1), which was their first ever title in the league's current format that had started with the 1984-85 season.[citation needed]

Fenerbahçe Women's Volleyball team shone in 2009-10 season as the Yellow Angels finished the first round of the 2009-10 Turkish League undefeated in 22 matches (setting a 66:2 set ratio record), and reached the Final Four of 2010 Women's CEV Champions League undefeated. They then beat the host team RC Cannes in a thrilling five-setter, but then lost to Volley Bergamo in five sets in the final, even though they came back after falling two sets down: 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 9-15. Yekaterina Gamova was named the best scorer and Nataša Osmokrović was chosen the best server of the tournament.[citation needed]

The star-studded Fenerbahçe Women's Volleyball team were on top of the world on 21 December 2010 in Doha, Qatar after beating South American titleholders Sollys Osasco 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-17) to become the first team in 16 years to claim the 2010 FIVB Women's Club World Championship[1] where Katarzyna Skowrońska was named the MVP and Best Scorer, while Eda Erdem was the Best Server.

In 2011, Fenerbahçe SK organized the Champions League Final Four in Istanbul Burhan Felek Sports Hall; however, in the semi-final the Yellow Angels lost to the Turkish team Vakifbank Gunes Sigorta Turk Telekom in a heart-breaking five setter (25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 19-25, 11-15), and lost the chance to be the very first team in Turkish volleyball history to win the Champions League title. The Yellow Angels settled for the third place after beating Scavolini Pesaro in four sets (14-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21), thanks to the national heroines Seda Tokatlıoğlu, Naz Aydemir and Eda Erdem.

In 2012 the club won the CEV Volleyball Champions League, which was organized in Baku in 24–25 March 2012, having defeated France's RC Cannes in the final in three straight sets (25-14, 25-22, and 25-20). Kim won the MVP award and the Best Scorer award, while Naz Aydemir was named the Best Setter.[2]

Team Roster Season 2016–2017[edit]

As per December 2016.

Jersey No. Name Position Date of Birth Height (m) Country
1 Melis Yılmaz Libero 28 June 1997 1.67  Turkey
2 Merve Dalbeler Libero 27 June 1987 1.80  Turkey
3 Carli Lloyd Setter 6 August 1989 1.80  United States
6 Polen Uslupehlivan Opposite Hitter 27 August 1990 1.90  Turkey
8 Dicle Nur Babat Middle blocker 15 September 1992 1.91  Turkey
9 Meliha İsmailoğlu Wing-Spiker 17 September 1993 1.89  Turkey
10 Kim Yeon-koung Wing-Spiker 26 February 1988 1.92  South Korea
12 Natália Pereira Wing spiker 4 April 1989 1.83  Brazil
13 Nootsara Tomkom Setter 7 July 1985 1.69  Thailand
14 Eda Erdem Dündar Captain sports.svg Middle blocker 22 June 1987 1.88  Turkey
16 Maret Balkestein-Grothues Wing spiker 16 September 1988 1.80  Netherlands
17 Polina Rahimova Opposite spiker 5 June 1990 1.98  Azerbaijan
20 Bahar Toksoy Middle blocker 6 February 1988 1.90  Turkey

Coach: N/A


International competitions[edit]

National competitions[edit]

Turkish championships[edit]

Regional competitions[edit]

  • Istanbul League
    • Champions (10): 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73
    • Runners-up (5): 1959–60, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1974–75
    • Third (7): 1954–55, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1976–77

Home halls[edit]

This is a list of the home halls senior team have played in the recent years.

1 CEV Champions League games only.

Notable players[edit]

Italic written players still plays for the team

Sponsporship and Kit Manufacture[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]