Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 3, 2009. Serbia and Germany resumed to the court for the very last match scheduled in the main competition hall after the colorful Thai celebrations for the victory against Egypt had finally come to an end.
That was supposed to be quite an interesting game, with the Serbians having clinched the silver medal at the last European Championships in Rotterdam and Germany having stated high ambitions as a result of the addition of three new players into the roster in comparison with the last international appearances.
However, Serbia put up a real show in the first set, leading all the way to finish with an embarrassing – for the Germans – score (25-9). The girls from Beograd displayed an excellent performance especially in the serving area, hence causing many troubles to their opponent’s receivers.
Serbia disposes of a bunch of players – such as Klisura, Bjelica and Jovic - that in spite of their young age already display a great personality along with delighting technical skills and actually these players really set the tone of the match from the very beginning up to the end.
In the second set Germany started out a little bit better, but Serbia continued to maintain a rhythm the girls in red could hardly cope with. Klisura impressed the audience with a delicious lob for the 16-13 and once again she fired up her mates who changed the gear and walked comfortably up to the end of the set.
Germany enjoyed a positive outbreak in the third set, taking the lead for the first time in the match and forcing the Serbians to ask for a time out as the score stood at 10-5. The Serbians struggled to get back fully focused into the match after two easy sets and after the Germans had extended their margin up to 7 points, they eventually evened the score at 16 and then regained the lead right before the end of the set.
Back at their best, Klisura & Co. smashed and blocked in great fashion and eventually finished their job for the fourth 3-0 of the day.
Serbia will be for anyone a very tough competitor for the medals, as the team is extremely solid, well organized and seems not to have any weaknesses. Tomorrow’s match against Egypt might be quite an easy task for the girls in blue and the final match of the Pool against Thailand will be for sure a very good test to evaluate the real strength and ambitions of the hosts.