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Serbia celebrates its stars of 2010

2010 was a year of progress for Serbian Volleyball

Belgrade, Serbia, December 29, 2010 – The Volleyball Federation of Serbia (OSSRB) celebrated a "fruitful" year for Serbian players with an awards event at the Hotel 'M' in Belgrade on Wednesday.

Jelena Nikolic, Aleksandar Atanasijevic and Ana Bjelica were among the players recognised at the event at which Aleksandar Boricic, FIVB Executive Vice-President and OSSRB president, took the floor to recall the many achievements of the Serbian Volleyball family during the past year. Aleksandar Atanasov also addressed those gathered on behalf of the country's Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Boricic said: "Every year is a new challenge for us. This was a very fruitful period for the Serbian Volleyball family, we participated in almost every significant international event, and we have six national teams included in the top 10 of the FIVB rankings. We will try to maintain that position and go even further in the years to come. This was a nice occasion to honour our players and express our gratitude for the great results they produced when wearing the national shirt."

Youngsters Atanasijevic and Bjelica received awards for their MVP-winning displays in the Balkan Junior Championship for men and women respectively. Nikolic, captain of the women's senior national team, was voted MVP of the CEV European League but could not attend the ceremony due to her commitments with her club side in Turkey, Vakifbank Gunes Sigorta.

In 2010, Serbian players collected a total of 14 individual awards in different international competitions – three for MVP, five for Best Setter, two for Best Spiker and two for Best Receiver, with one Best Scorer and one Best Libero gong completing an impressive haul – hence the desire of the national federation to celebrate these achievements.

Serbian individual awards in 2010

2010 Balkan Junior Championship – Women
MVP: Ana Bjelica
Best Receiver: Sara Klisura
Best Setter: Danica Radenkovic
Best Libero: Marija Mihajlovic

2011 CEV Junior European Championship – Women
Best Scorer: Ana Bjelica
Best Setter: Danica Radenkovic

2010 Balkan Junior Championship – Men
MVP: Aleksandar Atanasijevic
Best Setter: Nikola Jovovic

2010 CEV Junior European Championship – Men
Best Spiker: Aleksandar Atanasijevic

2010 CEV European League – Women
MVP: Jelena Nikolic
Best Receiver: Jelena Nikolic
Best Spiker: Jovana Brakocevic
Best Setter: Maja Ognjenovic

2010 FIVB Men's World Championship
Best Setter: Nikola Grbic


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