FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Serbia overcome slow start to record opening win

Serbia captain Aleksandar Atanasijevic was unstoppable

Uberlandia, Brazil, October 6, 2013 - Serbia opened their Men's U23 World Championship campaign with a 3-1 (15-21, 21-18, 21-19, 21-14) win against Venezuela at the Arena Presidente Tancredo Neves.

Serbia made lots of first-set errors and allowed Venezuela to secure and maintain a lead. Captain and opposite Kervin Martin Pinerua Urbina led his team's scoring as they took the set 21-15.

Thereafter Venezuela kept Serbia within range, but Serbia were more dominant with key players, opposite Aleksandar Atanasijevic and left-arm wing spiker Uros Kovacevic - who entered the match during the second set, accumulating the points that kept venezuela under control.

Kovacevic scored 14 points, and Atanasijevic's attacking net play was unstoppable, helping him to a match total of 28 points.

Kervin was Venezuela's top scorer with 15, and was well assisted by wing spikers Jhoser Contreras (12) and Hector Salerno (11), but Serbia were too strong in the closing moments of the set.

Serbia's next match is against Australia on Monday, while Venezuela face Russia, who comfortably won the tournament's opening match on Sunday.

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