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Andrija Geric
 
 



He's like a big cuddly bear. But, if he is ever taken lightly Andrija Geric will punish you severely as he showed in the 2003 World League. After Serbia and Montenegro's fantastic performance to claim the silver medal behind Brazil, Geric walked away with the Best Blocker and Best Server awards.

The 203cm middle blocker from Novi Sad is a huge player in the Serbia and Montenegro side with his huge physical presence dominating centre court but he also has a huge psychological input. This guy knows how to spur on a team and don't be surprised to see him offering a piece of advice or leading the group celebrations.

There's no doubting that with the likes of Miljkovic, Vujevic and the Grbic brothers the Serbia and Montenegro lineup is full of stars but with out Geric, it would be a team desperately short on emotion. Having "Titanic" listed as his favourite movie is a perfect illustration of the depth of this man. 

He's also a great favourite with the fans. Never one to turn down a moment to involve the crowd Geric thrives on the atmosphere the packed stadiums at international volleyball provides and is always up for the big occasion.

But don't be lulled in to thinking the No 12 for Serbia and Montenegro is a walkover. Immensely strong, the 26-year-old has been part of the Serbia and Montenegro side (formerly Yugoslavia) since 1995 and was inspirational in Yugoslavia's gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and a European Championship title a year later.

Another addition to the trophy cabinet beckons again in 2003.