Beijing, China, August 11, 2008 - Serbia maintained their perfect record in Pool B of the Women's Volleyball Tournament with an easy straight-sets win over Algeria (25-14, 25-13, 25-13) at the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium on Monday.
Serbia raced into a 5-0 lead in the first set, powering through Algeria's defense with a series of incisive attacks from both sides of the court. Serbia then controlled the match, focusing attacks into the mid-court space left by Algeria. They clinched the set 25-14 after a miscommunication on the Algerian side.
The taller Serbians also dominated the second set, helped by strong spiking and blocking from Jelena Nikolic, Natasa Krsmanovic and Maja Ognjenovic.
Algeria tried to mount a third set comeback with solid attacking play from Faiza Tsabet and Lydia Oulmou, tying the set at 8-8, but the Algerians failed to seize the opportunity and quickly lost more points - and their fighting spirit.
Serbia wrapped up the victory with a quick spike from Jovana Brakocevic from the right side of the court. The top match scorer was Ivana Djerisilo, with 13 points.
The top four teams in each pool at the end of the preliminary round will move onto the quarterfinals. After two straight-set losses in Pool B, Algeria's chances of advancing are slim.