Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2010 - Germany edged Serbia in a tight four-set contest (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23) to win the battle for seventh spot at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Sunday.
Both teams had lost their previous matches against Turkey and Italy respectively, but the Germans bounced back with the help of an incredible show of scoring power from Margareta Kozuch, who delivered 29 points. Maren Brinker and Corina Ssuschke totalled 13 and 10 respectively in the winning effort while Christiane Furst had five blocks among her eight points.
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Serbia’s scoring was led by Jovana Vesovic who posted 19 for the losing side. Jovana Brakocevic notched 12, Nastasa Krsmanovic added 11 and Brizitka Molnar chipped in with 10 points.
Zoran Terzic's side gained an early four-point lead on a Vesovic spike that found the mark followed by a Krsmanovic service ace, making it 9-5. Germany eventually fought back to 18-17 thanks to some great attacking play by Kozuch and Heike Beier, but Serbia did not lose their advantage and jumped out in front again, taking the set 25-20 on a strong put-away by Krsmanovic.
Germany came out better at the start of the second set with three consecutive Kozuch rockets giving Giovanni Guidetti's team a 9-4 lead. Serbia's Sanja Malagurski countered with a pair of her own to cut the lead to two but the Germans continued to look to Kozuch out wide, and she drove three more spikes as her side took nine of ten points mid-set to climb 20-10 ahead. Although Serbia managed a run of points in response, an Anne Matthes spike closed out the set 25-21 for the Germans.
Germany grabbed a three-point lead in the third, going up 13-10. A couple of powerful attacks from Vesovic then brought Serbia back into the set but a clever tip by Furst at the net gave Germany a 20-16 advantage, and they went on to prevail 25-22 on a fierce kill by Ssuschke. In the fourth, the sides started out evenly as attacks from Germany's Kozuch and Serbia's Krsmanovic took them to 10-10. But eventually the Germans pushed in front, going up 20-16 thanks to a scorching kill from Matthes and an ace by Kozuch. From there they finished off the match 25-23 with Malagurski serving long on the final point.