USA and Serbia to meet in battle of unbeaten teams in World League pool B
Chicago, USA, June 11, 2014 - It will be a battle of unbeaten teams this weekend in Chicago when the United States play Serbia in two FIVB World League pool B matches at the University of Illinois.
Both Team USA and Serbia go into Friday and Saturday’s matches 4-0 up. Serbia lead the pool thanks to their better points ratio.
"That’s always fun when you have a match between two teams at the top of the pool," US Head Coach John Speraw said. "(Serbia) are an exceptional volleyball team. They play the game very well. They control the ball very well. They have a really high-level service game. It will present us with another really unique challenge."
The United States team have not played Serbia since the first match of the 2012 Olympic Games, when they won 3-0. The US, however, are 11-13 against Serbia (or Serbia & Montenegro) since 1980.
USA opposite Matt Anderson is leading his team and is second among all players in Group I in scoring, with 93 points on 83 kills, five blocks and five aces. Outside hitter Taylor Sander is second on the team and tied for ninth in Group 1 with 65 points on 52 kills, seven blocks and six aces. US receiver Erik Shoji leads all Group 1 receivers with an efficiency percentage of 62.5. Setter Micah Christenson is fourth among all Group 1 setters with an average of 5.94 running sets per set.
Serbia’s scoring is led by Aleksandar Atanasijevic who has 69 points on 58 attacks, five blocks and six aces. He is tied for seventh in Group 1. Uros Kovacevic is second on the team and tied for 18th overall with 46 points on 38 kills, three blocks and five aces. Kovacevic leads all spikers in Group 1 with a success percentage of 52.78. Marko Podrascanin is third among all Group 1 blockers with an average of .76 blocks per set.