FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Serbia overcome Australia challenge for second win


Serbia needed to work hard for victory against Australia

Uberlandia, Brazil, October 7, 2013 - Serbia made it two victories out of two at the Men's U23 World Championship with a 3-0 (21-18, 22-20, 21-14) on the second day of competition at the Arena Presidente Tancredo Neves.

Australia pulled back a small Serbia lead to level at 15-15 in the first set, again relying on left-arm opposite Lincoln Alexander Williams, but Serbia regained control and through the points of wing spiker Uros Kovacevic (4) and middle blocker Srecko Lisinac (5) took the set 21-18.

The second set was again close and Australia even had a set point at 20-19, but Serbia responded with a powerful spike down the line from captain Aleksandar Atanasijevic and some strong serving to secure the set 22-20.

Serbia controlled the third set from early on to take it 21-14 and complete their victory. Lisinac (12), Kovacevic (11) and Atanasijevic (10) provided most of the team's points.

After scoring 10 in Australia's opening match against Iran, Williams was again his team's source of points and added another 14 to his total.

On day three of competition Serbia will defend their unbeaten record against Mexico, while Australia will look for their first victory against Venezuela.

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