Fenerbahçe Women's Volleyball
|Full name||Fenerbahçe SK Women's Volleyball Department|
Sarı Melekler (The Yellow Angels)|
1928 (closed due to lack of opponents)|
Burhan Felek Sport Hall, Istanbul|
|Captain||Eda Erdem Dündar|
Turkish Women's Volleyball League|
CEV Women's Champions League
Regular season: 2nd|
|Website||Club home page|
1 World Championship|
1 European Championship
1 CEV Cup
13 Turkish Championships
3 Turkish Cups
3 Turkish Super Cups
|Active departments of |
|Football||Basketball (Men's)||Basketball (Women's)|
|Volleyball (Men's)||Volleyball (Women's)||Table Tennis|
Fenerbahçe Women's Volleyball is the women's volleyball department of Fenerbahçe SK, a major Turkish multi-sport club based in Istanbul, Turkey. They play their matches at the 7.000-seated Burhan Felek Sport Hall. Fenerbahçe compete in the Turkish Women's Volleyball League, which is considered to be one of the best and most competitive leagues in the world.
Founded in 1928, Fenerbahçe are one of the best volleyball teams in Turkey and in the world. They were crowned World Champions by winning the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship undefeated in 2010, thus achieving the first Intercontinental Quadruple ever in Turkish volleyball history, after having won the Turkish League, Turkish Cup, and the Turkish Super Cup in 2010. Fenerbahçe became the first Turkish team to claim a World Championship title. After being runners-up in the CEV Champions League in 2010, Fenerbahçe finally were crowned European Champions in the 2011–12 season after defeating French powerhouse RC Cannes in three straight sets (25–14, 25–22, and 25–20) in the final game. The club also reached the third place of the Champions League twice, in the 2010–11 and 2015–16 seasons.
Fenerbahçe also won the CEV Cup by defeating Russia's Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg 3–0 (25-11, 28-26, 25-22) in the 2014 finals in front of their passionate home crowd, thus writing volleyball history as the men's team won another continental title, the CEV Challenge Cup, the very same day. By achieving this unparalleled feat, Fenerbahçe became the first and only sports club in Turkey and one of a few in Europe with European titles won in both the men's and women's volleyball departments.
In Turkey the club have won 13 Turkish Championship titles (5 in the current Turkish Women's Volleyball League and 8 in the former Turkish Women's Volleyball Championship), 3 Turkish Cups, and a record 3 Turkish Super Cups, among others.
- 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 department 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 section was closed due to a 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.
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 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 archrivals 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.
Fenerbahçe's women's team shone in the 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 2009–10 CEV Women's Champions League undefeated. They then beat the host team RC Cannes in a thrilling five-setter, but eventually 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.
The star-studded team of Fenerbahçe 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 where Katarzyna Skowrońska was named the MVP and Best Scorer, while Eda Erdem Dündar was the Best Server.
In 2011, Fenerbahçe SK organized the Champions League Final Four in the Burhan Felek Sports Hall in Istanbul, however, in the semi-final the Yellow Angels lost to Turkish rivals Vakıfbank 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 Dündar.
In 2012 the club won the CEV Volleyball Champions League, which was organized in Baku on 24–25 March 2012, having defeated French powerhouse 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.
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship
- Intercontinental Quadruple
- Winners (1): 2010
- CEV Champions League
- CEV Cup
- Turkish Women's Volleyball League
- Turkish Women's Volleyball Championship (defunct)
- Winners (8): 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1968, 1969, 1972
- Runners-up (3): 1961, 1973, 1975
- Third place (3): 1962, 1974, 1977
- Turkish Cup
- Winners (3): 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
- Runners-up (2): 2008–09, 2013–14
- Turkish Super Cup
- Winners (3) (shared-record): 2009, 2010, 2015
- Runners-up (3): 2011, 2014, 2017
- Turkish Federation Cup (defunct)
- Winners (2): 1959–60, 1976–77
- Runners-up (1): 1965–66
- Istanbul League (defunct)
- Winners (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 place (7): 1954–55, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1976–77
As of September 2017.
|No.||Player||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||Ana Antonijević||Setter||26 August 1986||1.88||Serbia|
|4||Ezgi Dağdelenler||Wing spiker||3 November 1993||1.84||Turkey|
|5||Beliz Başkır||Middle blocker||26 December 1998||1.98||Turkey|
|6||Polen Uslupehlivan||Opposite Hitter||27 August 1990||1.92||Turkey|
|7||Fatma Yıldırım||Wing spiker||3 January 1990||1.80||Turkey|
|8||Dicle Nur Babat||Middle blocker||15 September 1992||1.91||Turkey|
|9||Melissa Vargas||Wing spiker||16 October 1999||1.93||Cuba|
|10||Merve Tanyel||Wing spiker||06 June 1996||1.77||Turkey|
|11||Bahar Toksoy||Middle blocker||6 February 1988||1.90||Turkey|
|12||Samantha Bricio||Outside Hitter||22 November 1994||1.88||Mexico|
|14||Eda Erdem Dündar (c)||Middle blocker||22 June 1987||1.88||Turkey|
|15||Damla Çakıroğlu||Wing spiker||22 June 1994||1.79||Turkey|
|17||Sıla Çalışkan||Setter||16 October 1996||1.85||Turkey|
Season by season
|Season||League||Pos.||Turkish Cup||Turkish Super Cup||European competitions||Worldwide competitions|
|2007-08||TWVL||2nd||Not held||CEV Champions League||RS|
|2009–10||TWVL||1st||Champions||Champions||CEV Champions League||RU|
|2010–11||TWVL||1st||Runners-up||Champions||CEV Champions League||3rd||FIVB Women's CWC||C|
|2011–12||TWVL||3rd||Runners-up||CEV Champions League||C|
|2012–13||TWVL||3rd||CEV Cup||RU||FIVB Women's CWC||3rd|
|2014–15||TWVL||1st||Champions||Runners-up||CEV Champions League||QF|
|2015–16||TWVL||2nd||Not held||Champions||CEV Champions League||3rd|
|2016–17||TWVL||1st||Champions||Not held||CEV Champions League||QF|
|2017–18||TWVL||3rd||Semi finals||Runners-up||CEV Champions League||RS|
This is a list of the home halls the senior team played at in the recent years.
|1||Burhan Felek Sport Hall||2004–2007|
|2||Caferağa Sport Hall – Haldun Alagaş Sports Hall1||2007–2008|
|3||50th Anniversary Sport Hall||2008–2010|
|4||Burhan Felek Sports Hall||2010–|
|5||Ülker Sports Arena||2015–|
1 CEV Champions League games only.
To appear in this section a player must have either:
Players written in italic still play for the club
Sponsorship and kit manufacturers
1 Main sponsorship 2 Back sponsorship 3 Lateral sponsorship 4 Short sponsorship
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- Official Website of Fenerbahçe SK (in Turkish) (in English)