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Team manager DJURICKOVIC Darko
Head coach TERZIC Zoran
Assistant coach PROTIC Nebojsa
Doctor MARTINOVIC Ljuban
Therapist / trainer MLADENOVIC Sinisa
Journalist JAGLICIC Igor
 
No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Jelena Nikolic Nikolic 13/04/1982 194 79 315 300 VAKIFBANK Istanbul (TUR)
2   Jovana Brakocevic Brakocevic 5/03/1988 196 82 309 295 VAKIFBANK Istanbul (TUR)
3 Ivana Djerisilo-Stankovic Djerisilo 8/08/1983 185 72 306 291 VBC Volero Zurich (SUI)
5   Natasa Krsmanovic Krsmanovic 19/06/1985 188 73 305 285 RABITA Baku (AZE)
7 Brizitka Molnar Molnar 28/07/1985 182 66 304 290 ATOM TREFL (POL)
9   Jovana Vesovic VESOVIC 21/06/1987 182 68 283 268 Tomis Constanta (ROM)
10 Maja Ognjenovic Ognjenovic 6/08/1984 183 68 290 270 CHEMIC Police SA (POL)
C 11   Vesna CITAKOVIC CITAKOVIC 3/02/1979 187 75 305 300 Eczacibasi SK Istanbul (TUR)
13 Maja Simanic Simanic 8/02/1980 180 70 280 270 ZOK Rijeka KSWO (CRO)
15   Sanja Malagurski Sanja 8/06/1990 193 75 305 295 OSASCO VC (BRA)
17 Stefana Veljkovic Veljkovic 9/01/1990 190 76 320 305 GALATASARAY Istanbul (TUR)
L 18   Suzana Cebic Cebic 9/11/1984 167 60 279 255 LOKOMOTIV Baku (AZE)
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile

Serbia qualified for the Olympic Games after taking second place in the Women’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo in May.

It was the first time a women’s team from Serbia, including the former Yugoslavia, had qualified for the Summer Games.

Japan has been good to Serbia. In November 2006 at the FIVB Women's World Championships finale in Osaka, the girls in blue got hold of their first medal on the world stage - the bronze - and were considered by many the surprise of the whole tournament.

Before the World Championships in Japan, Serbia and Montenegro, as the team was at the time, had participated only once before in the World Championships in 1978 under the name of Yugoslavia and finished 16th.

The Volleyball Federation of Serbia had set the goal of medals for 2007, but the team of Head Coach Zoran Terzic played brilliantly in the 2006 Championships to beat Italy, Cuba, Peru, Egypt, Turkey, Korea, Poland, Chinese Taipei and then Italy again in the match for third place.

In a grand celebration, more than 10,000 supporters gave the stars a fantastic reception in front of the City Hall of Belgrade on their return, the players hailed as champions for the whole nation.

As a result of many injuries in 2007 among the Serbian players the team did not qualify for the World Grand Prix 2008, but at the 2007 European Championships in Belgium and Luxemburg, Serbia won the silver medal and qualified for the first World Cup in the history of women's Volleyball in Serbia.

The result was by far the best result the Serbians had ever achieved in the European Championships and gave them, for the very first time, the chance to qualify for the Olympic Games.

At the World Cup in 2007, the Serbians finished fifth, winning seven matches and losing four, proving their quality once again but missing out on the top three places that guarantee Olympic qualification.

It came down to the Olympic qualifier in Tokyo and Serbia stormed to five straight victories, finishing with a 6-1 win-loss record, to claim the first available Beijing berth.

Leading Serbia to two major medals in as many years has launched the young Zoran Terzic to the top of the list of successful Women's Volleyball coaches.

A bronze medal from the 2006 FIVB World Championships and silver from the 2007 European Championships means Terzic appears to be the latest in a long line of promising Head Coaches who have made the transition from the Volleyball court to the sidelines.

Terzic, born July 9, 1966, in Belgrade, studied Physical Education at the Faculty of Physical Culture in Belgrade, where he graduated in 1998. He played for the Red Star Club in Belgrade from 1979 until 1986, playing at all levels for the "red-and-whites." Terzic stopped playing to continue his studies.

The beginning of his coaching career is tied to Drago Tomic, former National Team Head Coach of Yugoslavia, who won bronze with the Senior Men's Team at the 1979 European Championship in Paris.

He first worked as an assistant coach with "IMT" Club Head Coach Goran Nesic in Belgrade. In 1996, he started working for VC "Red Star" as Coach of their Juniors and won with them all that could be won, from the Championships of Belgrade to those of Serbia and Yugoslavia.

As a player, Terzic was a member of the Belgrade Junior Team that claimed first place in 1985 in the traditional and international event known as the "May Tournament of the City of Belgrade," and he won it again as coach in 1998.

He never planned to coach girls, but at the suggestion of Mr. Aleksandar Boricic, (Director of VC "Crvena Zvezda" (Red Star), President of the Volleyball Federation of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro, and presently Serbia and FIVB Executive Vice-President) he started helping coach Senior girls.

This has lasted ever since the end of 2005-2006 season. As a coach of Red Star girls, he snapped the winning streak of VC "Jedinstvo" from Uzice in the National Championships and subsequently replaced Darko Zakoc on the bench of the National Team in 2002.