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Serbia and Montenegro stars set to return

June 14, 2005 – Three of Serbia and Montenegro’s super stars Nikola Grbić, Ivan Miljković and Andrija Gerić are expected to make their first appearances in the 2005 World League this weekend in round four of the Intercontinental Round as the final round hosts prepare to welcome Argentina.

The 2000 and 2004 Olympians, who play setter, wing spiker and middle blocker respectively, have missed the opening three rounds as part of their recovery from a busy season and of coach Ljuba Travica’s plan to introduce new talent into the Serbia and Montenegro system.
Pic: Ivan Miljković (14) and Andrija Gerić (12) form part of the Serbia and Montenegro defence against Brazil in last year's World League final round
According to Travica, who was wrapped with his young team’s second victory of the tournament at home to Pool C leaders Poland last weekend, Grbić, Miljković and Gerić are all expected to play at least two sets but whether former skipper Grbić resumes the captaincy in place of Goran Vujevic, is another question.

I expect them to play at least two sets against Argentina, which will most certainly be a special treat for the crowd,” Travica said. “We played nine sets (against Argentina) in a magnificent ambience in the “Luna Park” Hall of Sports in Buenos Aires (in week two) and we managed to rise the level of our game again, which resulted with a win over Poland, the favourites in our group, last weekend. I hope we can play better as the World League continues so we can be ready for the Final Round.”

Serbia and Montenegro, who are automatic qualifiers for the final round, are currently third in Pool C with two wins, ahead of Argentina on set ratio difference but behind Poland and Greece.

This weekend’s two matches against Argentina - on Saturday in Belgrade and on Sunday in Novi Sad – will be the 117th and 118th World League matches for the “Blue Boys“ with a record which currently stands at 71 wins and 45 defeats.
 
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