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After having been leading 2-0 Serbia struggles but storms back for a great tie-break against Peru

Serbia had some ups and downs during the match against Peru
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 8, 2009. Having gone through a stellar match against Japan which was physically very demanding but certainly well motivated the girls for the upcoming challenges, Serbia resumed to the court in the Mall Convention Center early in the morning to face Peru and proceed in a marvelous run towards the semifinals with another win in five sets (25-16, 25-17, 20-25, 22-25, 15-7). Like in yesterday’s match up with the Japanese, Serbia faced today another team displaying a totally different volleyball from the kind of actions the Europeans are used to. Peru has been showing the most sophisticated play so far in the World Championship, with some quite complicated combinations that are meant to compensate the not so impressive height of the players.
Serbian captain Danica Radenkovic immediately fired up her spikers and although their rhythm was not yet so terrific, the Serbians’ efforts were still well enough to gain a comfortable lead at the second technical break (16-11). In comparison with their previous matches, the Peruvians appeared somehow sleepy and tired; the competition having been running for about a week now, the physical shape of some teams is a bit declining and therefore their job is getting tougher and tougher. Ana Bjelica – whose family is very well known in Serbia as well as in the international arena for being very volleyball oriented – was especially very effective, also from the back row, and even tough Peruvian coach Artieda tried out to invert that trend with a couple of changes, Serbia sailed undisturbed to the provisional 1-0 in the set count (25-16).
The game developed with that same pattern also in the second set: Serbia did never lose the control of the operations, Peru wasn’t able to speed up the rhythm and close up in the score and the final 25-17 for the girls in white jerseys was no surprise at all.
Probably as a result of such an easy run in the first two sets, the Serbians failed to maintain the right focus for a while and Peru immediately bounced back with Grecia Herrada having replaced Raffaella Camet to gain some consistency in reception and attack. With the precious contribution of Daniela Uribe – niece of former Olympic silver medalist Cenaida, now a member of the Peruvian Parliament – the South Americans scored set three and then stayed well tuned also in the fourth, firing up the hopes of their fans for a would-be exciting tie-break. That was eventually the case with Peru clinching a decisive mini-break right after the second technical time-out and profiting of a Serbian reception that was definitely very shaky in that section of the game.
Radenkovic & Co. changed gear in the opening of the tie-break, smashing three times in a row to set again the pace and re-gain some self-confidence for a match that meant very much for them to advance to the semifinals of this World Championship. The Serbian express run perfectly all the way through (8-1 as teams changed side) whereas Peru seemed a little fatigued after having completed such a demanding comeback from 2 sets down.

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