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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Over the past seven years, the Serbia women’s national
team started to match the performances of their male
counterparts and were, for a period, strong contenders
in major tournaments. While there is still some way to go
before matching the men in terms of titles, results had
put the women’s team among the world’s best, although
most recently they have struggled with key players
missing due to injury and retirement.
Serbia, currently ranked ninth in the world, started their
rise to the top with a bronze medal at the 2006 FIVB
World Championship in Japan, followed by silver at the
2007
European Championships. They took part in the
Olympic Games for the first time in 2008 in Beijing,
where they finished fifth and although they missed out
on qualifying for London 2012 at the 2011 World Cup
by finishing seventh, they clinched an Olympic berth by
securing third-place at the World Olympic Qualification
Tournament in Tokyo. Unfortunately at the Olympic
Games in London, injuries to key players saw them fail
to win a match.
A crucial part of Serbia’s growth was encapsulated during
the period when they won the CEV European League three
years in a row (2009-2011).They capped that achievement
with gold at the 2011 European Champs and bronze at the
World Grand Prix in the same year.This year marks Serbia’s
third appearance in theWorld Grand Prix, which they enter
having finished fifth in the 2013 European League (they
COACH
Zoran Terzic made his debut as
coach of Serbia’s senior women’s
national team in 2002. His first
major success was qualifying
his team for the 2003 European
Championships after 12 years of
absence. Since then, Serbia has
taken part regularly in this continental competition. Over
the past years, Terzic has achieved some notable results
including bronze at the 2006 World Championship in
Japan and silver at the 2007 European Championships
in Belgium and Luxembourg. For the first time ever in
the history of Serbian volleyball, the team took part in
the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, finishing fifth. For
the next three years (2009, 2010, and 2011), Serbia also
took gold at the European League. In 2011 the team won
gold at the CEV European Championship and bronze at
the FIVB World Grand Prix. The following year, the team
successfully qualified once again for the Olympic Games.
Terzic has also coached volleyball clubs in Italy, Romania
and Russia.
SERBIA
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
9
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
3
rd
2011
1 1
11
th
2012
Week 1
B
Week 2
F
Week 3
N
POOLS
finished third in 2012). With talismanic Jovana Brakocevic
still in the squad and the super experienced Jelena Nikolic
returning as captain, hopes are high for Serbia returning
back to the World Grand Prix podium after their 11
th
-
place
result last year.