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Serbia on the right track to 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix


Serbia’s women’s team defeated Bulgaria in two friendly matches leading up to the start of the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix.

Ruma, Serbia, July 28, 2013 – Serbia’s women’s team – the reigning European champions – defeated Bulgaria in two friendly matches this week, leading up to the start of the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix.

The first match was played in the City of Ruma, Serbia, on July 24, where the hosts overpowered the Bulgarian ladies 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-21). The second match was played in the same venue, “Ruma” Hall of Sports, on July 25, where the home team once again beat their rivals, 3-1 (25-17, 25-12, 17-25, 25-16).

“I think we can be satisfied with our current level of play,” said Serbia’s setter Maja Ognjenovic. “We played good, we wanted to practice blocking more than anything in these games, and we did what the coach asked us to do. All of the players got the chance to play, we won both matches, and I can say that this stage of preparations is completed in the best possible way.”

Serbia will participate in the FIVB World Grand Prix for the third year in a row, and will organize the tournament during the second weekend in the Pool F in Belgrade, from August 9 to 11, with the USA, the Netherlands, and Algeria.

“This was a very good test for us,” said Bulgaria’s head coach Marcello Abbondanza. “Serbia is a very strong team, and we were not complete because Vasileva and Karakasheva were not ready to play. These matches helped us understand more about us and where we are at this moment.” 

During the first weekend FIVB World Grand Prix, from August 2-4, Serbia will play in Pool B in Santo Domingo, with the host team, Puerto Rico, and Czech Republic. During the third weekend, Serbia is scheduled for August 16-18 in Vuhan, China, with the hosts, as well as Poland, and Argentina. The final tournament will be played August 28 thru September 1 in Sapporo, Japan, where the best five teams from the Intercontinental Round will earn a spot in the closing stage (along with the hosts.)


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