It didn’t seem that Serbia will lost first set as it had comfortable 4-8 lead. Edgar pulled his teammates forward to an equalizer at 12-12. With some tensions on the court (each side got a yellow card) in the finish and Sanderson’s one-man show, Australians made a turnaround and took Set 1 (25-22).
In the second set, it was the same story as for Serbian lead, but with a different outcome. The visitors had 4-7 thanks to Starović’s good performance. Still, Edgar knew it wasn’t over and leveled at 13-13 with two consecutive aces. It was a point by point play until 19-19 when Starović’s powerful serve gave Serbia 19-21. Edgar’s spike was blocked for one set each (22-25).
Serbian early lead in third set marked the rest of the period. After 1-4 and 5-10 there was no return for the hosts. It all culminated with a red card for Australian head coach Santilli who was nervous due to a poor play of his proteges and argued with the referees. After Lisinac’s huge spike it was, for “Aussies”, an embarassing 8-19. Final score of 13-25 speaks for itself.
Another good start from the Serbs – this time in the 4th set (5-7). Probably the key moment of this period happened afterwards as Australia took three points in a row (8-7). The local duo Sanderson – Edgar supported by Mote kept “Aussies” up front while the third player who was just mentioned has sealed Serbian destiny in this set at 18-15 and finally, at 25-22.
Guess what? Serbia again had a solid start. In the tie-break, it had 1-3. A nervous Australian players gave the visitors 4-6. Edgar had a heart of a warrior while spiked for 10-9. Starović’s attempt went wide and a double block awarded “Aussies” with 13-10. It wasn’t over as hosts made an error in the field 13-12. A huge block by Guymer (15-12) set a joy for the fans in Melbourne!
FIVB Intercontinental Round / Pool A /
|Game||Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set||Stats||Videos|
|21th game||02. 07. 2015 13:45||Brazil||VS||Italy||3:0||25:20; 26:24; 25:19||VIDEO|
|22th game||03. 07. 2015 13:45||Brazil||VS||Italy||2:3||25:21; 27:29; 25:21; 19:25; 19:21|
|23th game||04. 07. 2015 19:00||Australia||VS||Serbia||1:3||22:25; 21:25; 31:29; 18:25|
|24th game||05. 07. 2015 16:30||Australia||VS||Serbia||3:1||25:22; 22:25; 13:25; 25:21; 15:12|
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