Serbia simply ruthless as Olympic silver medallists book ticket to Japan

Warsaw, Poland, May 28, 2017. The silver medallists from the Rio 2016 Olympics – Serbia – are the first European team to secure a ticket to next year’s FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship in Japan. They did so by completing a clean sweep of their matches in Pool B where they did not drop a set in five games, finally routing also hosts Poland on Sunday. The Czech Republic settled for second place, thus keeping alive their chances of boarding a plane to Japan next year – and the Czechs will be trying to achieve this goal when contesting the third and final stage of European qualifications in mid-August.

The first set of Poland vs. Serbia showed the difference in quality between these two teams. The Olympic vice-champions were aware of their own strength and capabilities, while the hosts seemed to still have the painful loss against the Czech Republic in their heads. Zoran Terzic’s players dominated on court from the very beginning (8-2) and their superb reception allowed them to lead the game as they pleased. Two sets (25-15, 25-16) were enough to confirm Serbia’s first place in the tournament, the third one (25-15) was a formality, giving the team a flawless 3-0 record in all of their Warsaw matches.

“It is an amazing feeling to win all the matches without losing even a set. It is a great beginning of the season for our national team. It will be quite tough and full of challenging goals. I am happy about the team result and the individual awards do confirm that my performance and development as a player go in the right direction,” said Serbia star player Tijana Bošković.

The organisers of the tournament awarded the best players / Dream Team of the competition as follows:

Outside hitter: Brankica MIHAJLOVIC (SRB)

Outside hitter: Michaela MLEJNKOVA (CZE)

Middle blocker: Stefana VELJKOVIĆ (SRB)

Middle blocker: Agnieszka KĄKOLEWSKA (POL)

Libero: Silvija POPOVIĆ (SRB)

Setter: Bojana ZIVKOVIĆ (SRB)

Opposite hitter: Tijana BOŠKOVIĆ (SRB)

MVP: Tijana BOŠKOVIĆ (SRB)

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