FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 SRB / Serbia

 
Team manager RELJIN Jelena
Coach TERZIC Zoran
Assistant coach KOVACEVIC Branko
2nd assistant coach BANKOVIC Vladimir
Doctor
Physiotherapist MLADENOVIC Sinisa
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Ana Lazarevic Lazarevic 04.07.1991 186 74 280 268 BESIKTAS Istanbul (TUR)
  2   Jovana Brakocevic Brakocevic 05.03.1988 196 82 309 295 VAKIFBANK Istanbul (TUR)
  3 Sanja Malagurski Sanja 08.06.1990 193 75 305 295 OSASCO VC (BRA)
  4   Bojana Zivkovic Zivkovic 29.03.1988 185 70 292 284 ILLER Bankasi Istanbul (TUR)
  5 Natasa Krsmanovic Krsmanovic 19.06.1985 188 73 305 285 RABITA Baku (AZE)
  6   Tijana Malesevic Malesevic 18.03.1991 184 73 289 288 VK PROSTEJOV (CZE)
  7 Brizitka Molnar Molnar 28.07.1985 182 66 304 290 ATOM TREFL (POL)
  8   Olga Raonic Raonic 31.12.1986 184 70 294 280 NIS SPARTAK Subotica (SRB)
  9 Brankica Mihajlovic Mihajlovic 13.04.1991 189 64 282 264 RIO DE JANEIRO VC (BRA)
  C 10   Maja Ognjenovic Ognjenovic 06.08.1984 183 68 290 270 CHEMIC Police SA (POL)
  11 Stefana Veljkovic Veljkovic 09.01.1990 190 76 320 305 GALATASARAY Istanbul (TUR)
  12   Jelena Nikolic Nikolic 13.04.1982 194 79 315 300 VAKIFBANK Istanbul (TUR)
  13 Ana Bjelica Bjelica 03.04.1992 190 82 310 305 CHEMIC Police SA (POL)
  14   Nadja Ninkovic Ninkovic 01.11.1991 193 77 307 298 Volero Zürich
  15 Jovana Stevanovic Stevanovic 30.06.1992 190 75 308 295 VBC Pallavollo Rosa ssdrl (ITA
  16   Milena Rasic Rasic 25.10.1990 193 75 303 293 RC CANNES Cannes (FRA)
  17 Silvija Popovic Popovic 15.03.1986 178 65 236 226 Volero Zürich (SUI)
  L 18   Suzana Cebic Cebic 09.11.1984 167 60 279 255 LOKOMOTIV Baku (AZE)
  L 19 Jasna Majstorovic Majstorovic 23.04.1984 181 64 300 293 TOMIS Constanta (ROU)
  20   Sladjana Mirkovic Mirkovic 07.10.1995 184 70 293 282 PARTIZAN VIZURA Beograd (SRB)
  21 Bianka Busa Busa 25.07.1994 186 70 293 282 PARTIZAN VIZURA Beograd (SRB)
  22   Tijana Boškovi? Boskovic 08.03.1997 191 71 303 295 PARTIZAN VIZURA Beograd (SRB)
 C = Captain   L = Libero
 
Team profile

Over the past seven years, the Serbia women’s 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 by the FIVB, started their rise to the top with a bronze medal at the 2006 FIVB World Championships in Japan, followed by silver at the 2007 European Championships.

The 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 last year, 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 the gold medal at the 2011 European Championships and bronze at the FIVB World Grand Prix in the same year. This year marks Serbia’s third appearance in the World Grand Prix, which they enter having finished fifth in the 2013 European League. They finished third at the same tournament 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 11th-place result last year.

 
Coach profile

Zoran Terzi? made his debut as coach of Serbia’s senior women’s team in 2002. His first major success was qualifying his team for the 2003 European Championship 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 Championship in Belgium and Luxemburg. 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, 2012, the team successfully qualified once again for the Olympic Games.

Terzic has also coached volleyball clubs in Italy, Romania and Russia.