Despite their win, Serbia is officially out of the FIVB World League finals, allowing coach Kolakovic to shuffle the squad a little bit.
In the first set after an exciting finish, Serbian youngsters prevailed and concluded the set at 28-26 with a powerful killing block by Milan Rašić and Uroš Kovačević.
Italy came back with a vengeance in the beginning of the second set taking an early 8-2 lead. Serbia recuperated several points after the break on Stanković`s serve to reach 3 points of deficit at 5-8, but Italy wouldn`t let this one slip away to tie the match 1-1.
Italy started the third set better and managed to augment the lead to 2 points of advantage after the break (21-19), but Serbia reached the first set point and convert it with a powerful serve of Aleksandar Atanasijević for 25-23 and 2:1 in sets for the home side.
In the fourth set, Serbia went up 21-18. Atanasijević’s ace made it 22-18, and the final outcome was already in sight.
Ivan Zaytsev of Italy topped the scorers’ chart with 19 points, while Saša Starović of Serbia scored 18 for the winning team.
To read more about this competition, click on World League 2013 M.