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Anderson leads USA to best World League start since 2000


Matt Anderson enjoyed scoring a game-high 25 points as the USA swept Serbia to remain unbeaten in Pool B.

Chicago, USA, June 13, 2014 – The United States won the battle of the unbeaten teams in Pool B of the 2014 FIVB World League, sweeping Serbia 3-0 (30-28, 25-20, 25-16) at the Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago, on Friday.

The win was the USA's fifth in succession to start the 2014 World League and is their best start to a World League campaign since 2000 (10 wins). 

USA opposite Matt Anderson led all scorers with 25 points on 22 kills, two blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Taylor Sander added 15 points on 14 attacks and one ace. Aleksandar Atanasijevic led Serbia with 13 points on 13 attacks while Nikola Kovacevic added 11 points on eight attacks with two blocks and one ace.

In a replay of the 2008 World League final, when USA beat Serbia 3-1 to grab their first ever World League title, Serbia were looking good early as they worked their way to a winning position in the first set to lead 24-22.

But USA called a timeout, then levelled the score at 24-24 before fighting off three more set points to take their first lead at 28-27. Serbia tied the score with a kill, but Sander gave the U.S. another lead with a kill of his own before Max Holt ended things with an ace. 

The United States seemed to have the second set well in hand with a 18-13 lead, but Serbia used a 6-2 run to pull to within one at 20-19. 

Team USA called a timeout and came back with a 5-1 run, including two kills from Anderson, and went on to win the set, 25-20.

Serbia hit right back in the third set and opened a 3-0 lead. But in a run that included points 18, 19 and 20 to Anderson, USA won the next six points, seemingly taking full control of proceedings. 

The hosts took the third set 25-16 and the Pool B match 3-0 (30-28, 25-20, 25-16) and maintain their perfect record in the 2014 FIVB World League. 

The defeat was Serbia's first of the 2014 World League and they will try to get back to winning ways when the teams meet again on Saturday.


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