The beginning of the match was tied until 17:17 but Serbia with two aces of captain Stanković and block of Nikola Kovačević has come to the lead of 21-17. At that moment the hosts started to play well and the last point of the set was scored by Atanasijević for the lead of 1-0 (25-20).
Serbia has made a series of points and got the lead which the opponent could not reach until the end of set (25-17). The best plays in this period had Uroš Kovačević and Marko Podraščanin who took last three points.
In the third set Russia was better in every aspect of play. After 12-10 for Serbia, Biryukov took responsibility and led his team to 14-18, 17-21, 20-23 and 22-25.
Third set has given a big boost to the away squad and they just continued with the same style. Russia has easily won the fourth set… It was time for a tie-break.
In a tough battle, Serbia eventually won the match. The key point was won by Dušan Petković, who served an ace for 13-11. Russia had the chance to equalize, but Zemchenok spiked the ball outside the court – 15-13.
Serbia – Russia 3-2 (25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 19-25, 15-13)
SERBIA: N. Kovačević 14, U, Kovačević 16, Stanković 9, Jovović 4, Atanasijević 15, Podraščanin 9, Majstorović (libero), Ivović 6, Petrić, Petković D. 2, Brdjović 1, Lisinac 1. Coach: Igor Kolaković.
RUSSIA: Makarov, Khtey 4, Biriukov 20, Ostapenko 2, Volvich 13, Zemchenok 18, Golubev (libero), Kovalev 5, Savin 7, Smoliar 5, Rodichev, Ermakov. Coach: Andrey Voronkov.
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