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2005 Junior Women’s U 20 World Championship
Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey
23 – 31 July 2005

Match Descriptive

Serbia & Montenegro beat Japan 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13) - duration 2:12
27-Jul, start time: 14:00, end time: 16:12 - Attendance: 285
City: Ankara; Hall : Atatürk Sport Hall
Serbian registered the 4th victory in tiebreak over Japanese
After a hard fought five sets, Serbia and Montenegro beat Japan 3-2, registered its fourth victory and guaranteed to stay in Ankara to fight for the medals. The strong block and the spirit for the victory gave great advantage to the winner in crucial points. The key player in the tiebreak was the left-handed Marta Drpa with her kill and the block by Sanja Hanusic brought the victory for the Serbian.
Serbian took an advantage in tiebreak (8-6) when their rivals made mistakes in attacks, but Japan pulled the score 8-8 with an ace by Sato Miya. After the score blocked at 10-all, the teams gained points one by one. The spike by the left-handed Drpa and block by Hanusic closed out the match.
Both teams started the match at a first tempo and Serbia and Montenegro built a 10-7 lead via the spikes of Sanja Hanusic. When Jovana Vesovic made two mistakes in spikes, Japan tied the score at 11-all forcing the Zoran Kovacic to take a time-out and Serbian improved to 18-15 using their height advantage over the net. Japanese came right back with the effective serves of Yuka Higashiyama and spikes from all corners pulling the level 23-23. After a long rally for the last points, Serbian gained the set 25-23.
The second set was more two-sided and the teams had to fight for every point. Serbian was ahead 7-5, but Japanese led the score 11-7 after a 6-point rally. Then, Japan took command and the margin grew up to 16-12 with the block of Junko Takahaski. Serbian came back to tie at 21-all, but Japan looked too confident and Saori Kimura showed her high quality to clinch the set 25-21.
Japan gaining the previous set jumped out to an 8-4 lead via good defense and quick attacks. But their opponent took the control over the net pulling level at 8-8 and then improving to a 16-14 lead. Japan spent the rest of the set playing catch-up, but Serbian relying on their high wall clinched the set 25-21.
Japanese made a good start to the fourth set and was ahead 14-8. Serbian made a five-point rally reaching 14-13, but Japan took a command