Serbia keep upper hand over spirited Cameroon


Trieste, Italy, September 25, 2014 - Serbia won against Cameroon 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 16-14) in the afternoon match of Pool B at the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship at PalaTrieste on Wednesday.

Key facts

• After winning a set versus Canada in their first World Championship in 2006, Cameroon was not able to go for another one. 
• Serbia won all four World Championship meetings against CAVB nations in straight sets.
• The 3 points gained today allow Serbia to take the second place in Pool B, just one point behind Brazil.

Serbia’s top scorer was Jovana Brakocevic with 17 points, followed by Stefana Velijkovic with 14 points.

Nana Tchoudjang was Cameroon’s top scorer with 15 points.

The match started with Serbia taking a clear lead since the very beginning. Even though Serbian coach Zoran Terzic chose the second line-up to play, their squad rotation policy worked wonderful. Cameroon was not able to build efficient blocks to contain the Serbian’s spikes and the Serbia improved their lead from four to seven points at the second technical timeout and never looked back until the final 25-17.

The second set started with a tremendous Stefana Velijkovic, drilling the ball into the Cameroon court as Serbia strode into a 5-0 lead. A spike from Nana Tchoudjang found its way through a crush of Serbian hands at the net to gain Cameroon a rare point. They were 9-2 down. An ace from Velijkovic moved Serbia forward to 14-4. The African defence nearly collapsed and the distance continued to widen in spite of some weak flurry of points for Cameroon that lost the set 25-13.

Cameroon Lioness tried to roar again in the beginning of the third set making themselves back. An ace from Jovana Brakocevic moved Serbia ahead 6-5. When it look like a walk in the park for Serbia Cameroon reacted. Their spirited response and a Nana spike earned them a much-cheered 16-all. Things stayed close until 23-23. Cameroon had the chance to close it out at 24-23 before three consecutive points gave Serbia a hard-earned 26-24 set and 3-0 match win.


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