Italy took the lead 8-7 benefiting from five opponents’ errors. Then Serbia relied on three attacks of Peric and two blocks and one kill from Atanasijevic to take a 16-14 advantage at the second pause. It was Atanasijevic attacking again as Serbia increased the gap to 18-15. Two Italian mistakes allowed Serbia built a 22-17 margin en route to a 25-21 win. Kovacevic and Atanasijevic led Serbia in the first set with 6 and 5 points while Italisnas Fedrizzi and Vettori each had 5.
Behind Filippo Lanza, Italy went to the lead 8-6 in the second set. Serbia tied at 12-12 with block and attack by Milutinovic and took the lead with block by 1 Kovacevic. Opacic failed with the serve, Kovacevic produced but Vettori tied with a tip. Atanasijevic killed but Kovacevic served into the net. One error of defense allowed Italy to take the lead 16-15. Vettori attacked from left side and Italy increased the distance to 18-16. Serbia tied at 18-all and teams stayed close. At 21-all, Kovacevic gave Serbia a 22-21 advantage but Opacic served long for the level. Kovacevic scored with a hit that dropped of the net but Lanza tied at 23 with a bomb. Atanasijevic hit one for set-point at 24-23 and Italy called time-out. In the next play Mrdak scored from the right side for the win 25-23.
The first stop found Serbia in the lead 8-6. The Serbians increased to 11-6 with solid blocking. At 15-10 Atanasijevic landed a cannon-shot to reach the second technical time-out. With Serbia leading 18-10, Vettori scored for Italy but Atanasijevic answered back and Milutinovic blocked for 20-11. Kovacevic continued producing and at 24-14 Milutinovic served one ace for a 25-14 win.