In an extremely interesting first set when the Russia had 20-16 on it’s side, Serbia turned the tides of the game. With good service of the Serbian captain Stanković and good play of Lisinac on the net, Serbian team turned result on 20-22. After 22-22 and 23-23, Atanasijević scored for set point 23-24 but the uncertainty continued. Russia took first set point on 28-27 but with many mistakes in service and mistakes of Biryukov in attack, Serbia again came close to victory (29-30 and 32-33). Savin scored the third set point for Russia (34-33) but Serbian opposite equalized on 34-34. The last point in the set took Russia thanks to the mistake of Atanasijević – 37-35.
After the first set Russia became more powerful. Easier than everybody expected they took the lead 17-9 and 21-11; it was clear that the hosts will lead 2-0 in sets. Miloš Nikić served in out for 25-15.
The third set was a copy of the second. On the court, there was only one team and hosts took all three points from this match.
Russia – Serbia 3-0 (37-35, 25-15, 25-16)
RUSSIA: Apalikov 7, Grankin, Pavlov 16, Biriukov 6, Savin 14, Muserskiy 14, Verbov (libero), Makarov, Khtey, Volvich, Ilinykh 2, Zemchenok. Coach: Andrey Voronkov.
SERBIA: U, Kovačević 2, Petrić 3, Stanković 6, Jovović, Atanasijević 27, Lisinac 5, Rosić (libero), V. Petković, N. Kovačević, Ivović 1, Nikić 3, Podraščanin 3. Coach: Igor Kolaković.
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