Volero Zurich and Azerrail Baku meet in CEV Women's Champions League Playoffs 12
Volero Zurich and Azerrail Baku take on each other in the CEV Women's Champions League Playoffs 12 on Wednesday.
Volero finished third in Pool C with eight points. The Swiss club ended the League Round with a 2-3 defeat to PGE Trefl Sopot. They are also coming off a 2-3 loss to Sagres VBC NUC in the Nationalliga A. Volero posted wins over Düdingen (3-0), Pfeffingen (3-1) and Sagres VBC NUC (3-0) in between those defeats.
Azerrail, meanwhile, finished second in Pool D with 13 points. The Azerbaijan side wrapped up its group stint with a sweep of Tomis Constan?a. Prior to that win, they absorbed back-to-back setbacks at the hands of Vakifbank (2-3) and Bergamo (1-3).
"We could not ask for a better opponent than Azerrail," Volero President Stav Jacobi said. "It is a side within our reach and we know their players quite well."
Jacobi was referring to libero Valeriya Korotenko and setter Oksana Parkhomenko, who played in Zurich in 2006-2007. Another familiar face is Thai Nootsara Tomkom, who used to play for Kanti Schaffhausen and was the Swiss National League MVP in 2008-09.
Volero, however, will be without Parkhomenko and Mandy Wigger, who have yet to recover from their injuries.
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