Short characterization SERBIA




RANKING  2001-2011



WCH 2001





LAZIC Jelena

WCH 2003



CANAK  Katarina



WCH 2005





KUBURA  Milica

WCH 2007





LUKIC Nikolina

WCH 2009



BUSA  Bianka (C)



WCH 2011





General remarks

Serbia won the bronze medal (6 wins, 2 losses) in the World Championship and ranked again, as in 2009 too, among the Top 4. That can be consider a proof of the continuous and successful work with young players in the Serbia Volleyball Association. The very close loss in the semi-final against the World Champion Turkey and the convincing 3:0 in the “bronze medal final” against Poland underlined that the team also had the potential to win the world title. In the team ranking Serbia ranked 5th as the lowest ranking, and players of the Serbian team won 12 rank among the TOP 10 which also is an expression for the high level of performance which many players of the team have.



The Serbian team followed the trend which could be identified since the World Championship 2010 to play primarily with powerful distance and distance jump floats from pos. 5 and pos. 1 (seven players) which are adapted to tactical intentions.. In team ranking SRB placed 3rd, 3 players of the starting line-up ranked among the TOP 10 with their jump floats (among them No. 10 and No. 12 with distance jump floats from pos. 5 resp. pos. 1).



Serbia ranked 5th as a team (38% exc. / 11% faults). Comparing the team performance with the reigning World Champion (45%+ / 10% -) a difference in performance of -7%points with regard to action quality was found. The team preferred the 3-player-formation, but in case the situation does request also the 2+1-formation and now and then the 2+2-formation is applied. The spatial adaptation of the formations is very differentiated (forward or backward, distance between the individual players). In an ordinary situations the libero is integrated in the formation (central pos. 6) or covers a wider range of action. The libero covers 30% of all actions (rank 6 individually), she moved well behind the ball. Therefore she can apply the overhand reception with high precision.

Within the reception formation there has been almost no error in the arrangement of the actions. The action quality was impaired by technical faults and a wrong evaluation of the trajectory of the services (inside or outside the court?) which happened now and then.



Set / Attack (Complex I and Complex II)

In the “Best Setters” ranking Serbia was 4th and the first line-up setter ranked 4th individually too – a proof of the good level of performance in that feature. The setter was very clever, constant and had a good track of the match. Her level of performance equaled that of the setters in the two top teams, her pass height and setting speed was adequate to the situation, her set distribution was well balanced enabling her attack players to show their full potential on all positions. If needed she prepared the termination of an attack with clever underhand sets while still moving.  


Complex I: The attack play in C I was characterized by effective combinations of quick outside attacks from pos. 4 and pos. 2 and quick variable attacks in front of and behind the setter. The attackers (No. 11/12) spiked variably from outside positions and direct their powerful spikes well to the designated areas (line and diagonal). Tactical spikes also belong to their individual repertoire. The diagonal player No. 10 is an efficient addition in the attacks. She often scored with line attacks from pos. 2. The middle blockers offer themselves for offensive actions for speedy 1st tempo attacks. No. 4 is requesting the quick attack directly from the setter. No. 1 often is incorporated in a variable pass action to successfully terminate the attack.

Complex II: Following successful defensive or guarding actions attacks from outside position 4 were dominating, in some cases as an alternative attacks were performed from pos. 2 by the diagonal player. In freeball situations the team rigorously seeks to score with 1st tempo attacks resp. with quick passes to the outside positions. Generally it is one of the strong points of the Serbian team to show a technically and tactically successful play in long rallies.- a request which ever more turns into the focus in recent female elite volleyball.


Block / Defense

As a basic presupposition for a successful transition play the Serbian teams performs extraordinarily well in blocking (rank 1 as a team (106/30% kill blocks; rank 1 and two for the best players in individual ranking) and in field defense (rank 1). The players a variable step arrangements in their movements close to the net. The players have a good control of the modern “turn and run technique”. Position adaptation, timing and offensive blocking technique of the outside players enable the team to form compact group blocks together with the middle blocker. Sometimes the team also played with 3 players in the middle of the net.  

The team played with pos. 6 backward in field defense (starting position in the middle of the court). The backyard players (pos. 1/5) covered the area close to the block (often in medium distance). The basic system was varyied between 2:2:2, 2:1:3 and 2:0:4. The libero (ranking 2nd individually) played on pos. 5 (starting position far in front) and demonstrated a very good adaptation of her position to fight diagonal attacks (a lot of actions with effective double-arm actions in standing position).