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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Classy Serbia take Germany down in three sets

Serbian star and veteran Ivan Miljkovic was on top form tonight against Germany
Trieste, Italy, September 25, 2010 – Serbia did not have to wait long to confirm their status as real medal contenders at the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship after a superb display of power and magnificent technical skills outclassed Germany in straight sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-13) tonight at the Palatrieste. The Serbians were enthusiastically supported by many of their compatriots who had either made the trip from Belgrade or who formed part of the largest foreign community living in Trieste. On Sunday Serbia play Canada before going into the eagerly anticipated match against Poland that will complete the Pool F schedule on Monday evening.

The match between Germany and Serbia was billed as the highlight of the day in Trieste and it did not disappoint the many fans who poured into the Palatrieste. Germany began well but the blocks of Podrascanin and Janic kept them in check while Serbian captain and setter Nikola Grbic delighted the spectators with a fine display of talent and touch, inspiring some fast attacks that forced Germany coach Raoul Lozano into two time-outs.

Not surprisingly György Grozer was the main attacking force for the Germans but Serbia held the upper hand as the first set headed towards its climax with a triple block paving the way for four set balls. A long and exciting rally went Germany’s way to make it 24-21 before Nikola Kovacevic magnificently spiked from the back line to finish the set.

The second set was no less entertaining. German setter Steuerwald found the right understanding with Kromm, Lozano made changes to his starting six but the score stayed extremely tight and Serbia showed no real weakness. Grbic and his team played with incredible consistency, producing massive blocks and effective attacks, with Janic their main offensive weapon. Germany clawed their way back from 22-17 to 24-21 but it was not enough to stop the men in blue from making it two sets to nil.

In the third set Germany took some risks from the service line, but the Serbian block was always well positioned to re-affirm the absolute dominance of the team that finished third at this year’s FIVB World League finals in Cordoba. Grozer and his side just couldn’t handle the unwaveringly steady display from the Serbians and the match ended with wide smiles stamped on the faces of the Serbian players and of their many loyal fans.

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