First Serbian Women's Cup title for Jedinstvo Stara Pazova
With over 1000 spectators in attendance, including the highest officials from the Volleyball Federation of Serbia and numerous guests, sports professionals and media representatives, it was a memorable day for the sport.
Volleyball Federation of Serbia President Zoran Gajic presented the winners’ trophy to Sara Sakradzija, team captain of Jedinstvo from Stara Pazova. Djula Mester, Vice-President of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, presented Nina Jakic, player of Jedinstvo, with the MVP of the Tournament trophy, while Zoran Bosic, regional sales director of the “Vip mobile” company - general sponsors of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, added a Huawei P9 mobile phone to her prize list.
Volleyball Federation of Serbia Secretary General Ivan Knezevic presented Dragana Markovic, team captain of Dinamo, with the consolation trophy.
The Lord Mayor of Stara Pazova, Djordje Radinovic and Bogdan Mamuzic, president of the Association of First Division Volleyball Clubs, presented the gold medals to the players of Jedinstvo, while Prof. Veroljub Dugalic, vice-president of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, and Sasa Pavlov, Lord Mayor of Pancevo, presented the players of Dinamo with silver medals.
Dragutin Cuk, technical director in the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, gave away medals to the tournament officials.
"We assumed the role of favourites and we managed to live up to that. The match against Vizura in the semis was clearly a decider. I want to thank this wonderful crowd who carried us all the way," said Sara Sakradzija, team captain of Jedinstvo.
"When you win this trophy, one of three major trophies in Serbian volleyball, you must be satisfied. And this one came right on time. I think we deserved it, and in the same time this would be a great motivation for us in the upcoming championship battles," said Jovo Cakovic, head coach of Jedinstvo.
"I didn’t expect this prize for the MVP of the tournament, because we have so many great players in the team roster. However, I am so happy with it. We played well and hard, we prepared for this tournament and we deserved this trophy," said Nina Jakic, Jedinstvo blocker and MVP of the tournament.
"We are satisfied despite the loss. We came here very motivated, we did our best, reached the final, and that is our maximum for now. I am proud of my teammates," said Dragana Markovic, team captain of Dinamo.
"We have to congratulate our rivals, they were clearly the better team today. We were a little bit frightened, but still we had our chances. We must be satisfied with our performance at the Final Tournament," said Aleksandar Vladisavljev, head coach of Dinamo.
Senior Women – 51st Serbian Cup 2016/2017 – Final Tournament - Stara Pazova:
Sunday, February 19
Jedinstvo (Stara Pazova) – Dinamo (Pancevo) 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-20)
Saturday, February 18
Jedinstvo (Stara Pazova) - Vizura 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-21)
Dinamo (Pancevo) - Spartak (Subotica) 3-1 (25-23, 25-14, 23-25, 25-15)
Senior Women - Cup winners - Number of titles
Crvena Zvezda - 17
Jedinstvo, Uzice - 8
Mladost Monter, Zagreb - 7
Postra, Beograd - 6
Radnicki, Beograd - 3
Rijeka - 3
Vizura - 2
Partizan, Beograd - 2
Jedinstvo, Stara Pazova - 1
DTV Partizan, Klek - 1
Partizan, Rijeka - 1