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FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2006
 
Match Description
 
Serbia and Montenegro clinch group with perfect performance
 

Ivana Djerisilo and Anja Spasojevic (SCG) celebrate
November 5, Nagoya: Serbia and Montenegro defeated Turkey to seal their place at the top of Pool D and leave the Turks sweating on qualification for the second phase.
The Balkan side maintained their perfect start to the 2006 World Championships, their first tournament in 28 years, as they won 27-25, 25-22, 25-15.
The result left Turkey, who had twice come from behind to get the better of Peru the previous day, at the mercy of the South Americans' clash with Cuba later in the day.
But the Turks left the court at Nagoya's Rainbow Hall reassured that Peru would need to score a big win over the strong Cubans to send them out of the competition.
Turkish coach Resat Yaziciogullari had described his side's match against Peru as: "the most difficult in my life after coaching for 27 years," but Serbia and Montenegro's strong showing so far ensured his life was not going to get any easier.
Ivana Djerisilo and Natasa Krsmanovic demonstrated as much as Serbia and Montenegro took an early lead.
But Turkey's five-set comeback against Peru had not sapped them of all energy, and Neslihan Darnel was soon back into the groove as Turkey kept pace.
Serbia and Montenegro coach Zoran Terzic had rested his big guns for the previous day's win over Egypt, and captain Vesna Citakovic returned to help her side to a 12-9 lead with several bombs from the wing.
Djerisilo and Anja Spasojevic were also looking refreshed, but strong play from Aysun Ozbek brought Turkey back into the set at 15-15.
Natalia Hanikoglu then levelled the scores again at 17-17, slamming home after Citakovic had kept the point alive with a tenacious sliding save.
The first set was there for the taking for both teams, and Ozbek was doing her best to make sure it went to the Turks.
A Hanikoglu spike gave Turkey two chances at 24-22, but Spasojevic made sure they did not take them.
Serbia and Montenegro then reached a set point of their own, but Turkey could only contain the group leaders once before a Maja Ognjenovic block gave Serbia and Montenegro the set at the second time of asking.
The Balkan side carried their momentum over into the second set, reaching the first TTO at 8-6 after a spike by Citakovic.
Turkey coach Yaziciogullari called a time-out after his side had squandered three points through miscued shots, after they had worked hard to pull the set back to 10-10.
But Serbia and Montenegro were edging further ahead.
Jelena Nikolic was scoring points from the left wing, and Djerisilo was just as comfortable drifting into the same position.
But Turkey were not ready to give up, and made ground on a six-point defecit to come back to just 22-20 down.
But Serbia and Montenegro showed the composure that had taken them past four teams so far in the competition, holding their nerve when Ozbek repelled a set point at 24-21 as Spasojevic fired in the winner at the next opportunity.
The encouragement coming from Turkey's fans was momentarily drowned out when the Peruvian team made an appearance in the wings of the stadium.
The massed ranks of South American fans, who have grown in number each day at the Rainbow Hall, caught a glimpse of their heroes and began the chants which have lifted the atmosphere in Pool D.
But all eyes soon returned to the court as Spasojevic drove home a precision spike to the back corner as Serbia and Montenegro took a 6-5 third set lead.
The lead briefly changed hands, but Turkey coach Yazciogullari called a time-out as his team fell behind again at 14-12.
Serbia and Montenegro were moving towards victory, and Spasojevic fired her side into double figures as Turkish legs began to fade.
Hanikoglu's missed spike gave Serbia and Montenegro match point at 24-15, and a Citakovic block gave the Balkan team the win and clinched the group.