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FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2006
 
Match Description
 
Serbia and Montenegro cruise past winless Egypt
 

Menna Allah Mohamed (EGY) defends
November 4, Nagoya: Serbia and Montenegro's impressive form continued as they eliminated Egypt from Pool D in straight sets.
The Balkan side, now with four wins out of four and already qualified for the second stage, overpowered the Egyptians 25-9, 25-13, 25-15 in Nagoya's Rainbow Hall.
Serbia and Montenegro will finish top of the group if they beat Turkey in tomorrow's final game, but for Egypt it has been a different story.
Yosra Selim, captain of the tournament's youngest side, had spoken before the match of using the 2006 competition as a building block to future success.
And the Egyptians knew their match against Serbia and Montenegro would be a crucial, if challenging, step along that path.
The eastern Europeans had begun the tournament with shock wins over defending champions Italy and Cuba, before proving their mettle in coming back from two sets down to get the better of Peru.
Egypt had lost all three of their opening matches, without winning a single set.
But the African champions had shown they were capable of making their opponents work hard for their victories, and took the first point with a Dina Youssef spike.
Natasa Krsmanovic and Jovana Brakocevic showed what Egypt were up against, however, with towering blocks at the net to give Serbia and Montenegro an early lead.
Coach Zoran Terzic had shuffled his pack after the gruelling five-set win over Peru, resting several of his high-scoring players.
Wing spiker Briztika Molnar had made an impact when she came on midway through the clash with the South Americans, and she seized her starting opportunity against Egypt with a good cross-court smash as the Europeans reached the first TTO in front.
And Serbia and Montenegro didn't look back, scoring another eight points unanswered for a 16-4 lead.
Captain Selim then executed a perfect hook shot to bring Egypt a point at 20-7, but Krsmanovic and Maja Ognjenovic were dominating at the net for Serbia and Montenegro.
A missed Egyptian serve then gave the Europeans set point, which Krsmanovic duly converted with a spike from the centre.
Undeterred, Egypt raced into a 5-2 lead at the start of the second set, Ingy El Shamy providing inspiration for her team-mates with a flashing drive.
Menna Allah Mohamed then blocked at the net to give Egypt an 8-4 advantage at the first TTO.
Good work by Molnar ensured the Africans didn't get too far ahead, but a spike into the net by Krsmanovic hinted that Egypt might have ruffled a few feathers in the Serbia and Montenegro camp.
But normal service was resumed as the group leaders roared back into the match and reached the second TTO with a 16-11 lead.
Egypt coach Andres Martinez called a time-out with his side 22-13 down, but a missed spike gave Serbia and Montenegro set point soon after.
Egypt's defence could not return Brakocevic's smash, and Serbia and Montenegro had a two set advantange.
But the Europeans were having trouble returning Egypt's serves at the start of the third set, and the Africans again took an early lead.
But Serbia and Montenegro again found their rhythm to retake the lead, as Jovana Vesovic found space on the left wing.
Spectacular defence from the entire Egypt team brought a round of applause from the Rainbow Hall crowd, with libero Sara Talaat Ali making several last gasp saves, but the point was eventually lost as Serbia and Montenegro began to pull away.
But solid blocking by Mona Badawy ensured that the Europeans' lead would not turn into a procession, and El Shamy also weighed in with power spikes from the wing.
Serbia and Montenegro's victory would not be denied, however, and Molnar tipped over to keep the Europeans on top of the group and send Egypt out of the competition.