Meliha İsmailoğlu

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Meliha İsmailoğlu
Meliha İsmailoğlu 2 Eczacıbaşı VitrA TWVL 20180426.jpg
Personal information
BornMeliha Smajlović
(1993-09-17) September 17, 1993 (age 26)
Gradačac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Volleyball information
Current clubVakifBank S.K
  • 2001–2011
  • 2011–2014
  • 2014–2017
  • 2017-2019
  • 2019-
National team
Turkey Turkey

Meliha İsmailoğlu (born Meliha Smajlović, September 17, 1993 in Gradačac) is a Bosnian-Turkish female volleyball player. She is 188 cm (6.17 ft) tall at 73 kg (161 lb). Currently, she plays for VakifBank. İsmailoğlu is a member of the Turkey women's national volleyball team.



The daughter of a former basketball player, she too aspired to become a basketball player. However, due to lack of a women's basketball team in her hometown, she chose playing volleyball. She began her sports career at the age of eight in the club Kula Gradacac in her hometown.[1] In 2009 and 2011, she was named "Player of the Year".[2] In the summer time, she played also beach volleyball in Bosnia Herzegovina.[1][3]

In 2011, İsmailoğlu was invited to Turkey by the Ankara-based İller Bankası.[4] In May 2014, she signed with Fenerbahçe.[3][5][6]

National team[edit]

İsmailoğlu was a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina youth and juniors national teams. Her double citizenship enabled her to opt in playing for the Turkey women's national volleyball team.[4] She played at the 2014 Women's European Volleyball League that won the gold medal.[3][7]

She represented Turkey at the qualification round for beach volleyball at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3][4][8]


National team[edit]



  • Player of the Year – 2009 and 2011 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Meliha İsmailoğlu ile yapılan özel röportaj sizlerle". Voleybol Magazin (in Turkish). 2013-12-01. Archived from the original on 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  2. ^ "Meliha İsmailoğlu" (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü. Archived from the original on 2014-07-26. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  3. ^ a b c d "İsmailoğlu: 'F.Bahçe ile hayallerimi...'". Spor X (in Turkish). 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  4. ^ a b c "Röportaj: Meliha İsmailoğlu". Spor 365 (in Turkish). 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  5. ^ Gengönül, Burak (2014-05-03). "Meliha İsmailoğlu Fenerbahçe'de". Voleybol Extra (in Turkish). Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  6. ^ "Fenerbahçe'den iki transfer daha!". Milliyet (in Turkish). 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  7. ^ Yücekök, Murat Mert (2014-07-19). "'Gözde Yılmaz: 3 aydır bugün için çalışıyorduk". Voleybol Extra (in Turkish). Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  8. ^ "Plajda Kadınlarla Kazandık". Manşet Haber (in Turkish). 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2014-07-22.