Stevanovic’s 10 Blocks Helps Serbia Drown Germany – Pool 4 Recap Day 2

VOLLEYBALL NATION’S LEAGUE

  • Ginasio Jose Correa; Barueri, Brazil (capacity: 5,000)
  • May 15-July 8, 2018
  • Time Zone: GMT – 3 (US Eastern Time – 1)
  • Schedule/Results
  • World Rankings: #3 Serbia, #4 Brazil, #6 Japan, #13 Germany
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Serbia showed why it is one of the world’s hottest teams at the moment, with a defensive performance for the ages from its middle blockers, leaving Germany powerless on the offensive end. Meanwhile, Brazil once again underachieved, but at least it was able to bounce back from yesterday’s loss in front of its home-crowd.

Results After 2nd Day

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
15 May 15:05 1–3 Germany 25–15 22–25 18–25 20–25 85–90 P2 P3
15 May 17:30 0–3 Serbia 18–25 17–25 22–25 57–75 P2 P3
16 May 15:05 3–1 Japan 22–25 25–18 25–23 25–11 97–77 P2 P3
16 May 17:30 0–3 Serbia 16–25 21–25 17–25 54–75 P2 P3
17 May 15:05 Serbia 0–0 P2 P3
17 May 17:30 Japan 0–0 P2 P3

Brazil Defeated Japan 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-11)

  • Brazil moves to 1-1 (3 points) while Japan moves to 0-2 (0 points)

Brazil rode Tandara Caixeta‘s offensive firepower to overcome their opening day loss. Behind the talented opposite’s 25 points, it handed Japan a 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-11) loss. Adenizia Silva added 15 points, including an amazing 9 blocks. Sarina Koga had 15 points in the losing effort.

The game started with a scare, as Brazil lost the opening frame, which gave the thousands of fans on the standings reasons to worry, as Brazil had played really poorly the day before. Brazil eventually was able to overcome the deficit, but the game, except for the last set, was no easy affair, as it didn’t do much to calm down the nerves of everyone, players included.

Here is how Brazilian coach José Roberto Guimarães reacted to the win:

“It was an important win. We only had a short rest, but the team was able to overcome yesterday’s defeat. We played better today. We need this change of behavior, specially in hard games like this. Playing against Japan is always complicated, it is a short, but very skilled team.”

Serbia Defeated Germany 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-17)

  • Serbia moves to 2-0 (6 points) while Germany moves to 1-1 (3 points)

No surprises here, as Serbia completely dominated Germany 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-17), as one would expect. The surprise of the night, though, came from Jovana Stevanovic‘s ten blocks performance. Such a feat, when accomplished in only 3 sets, specially at this level of play, is almost unheard of. Brankica Mihajlovic helped out with 19 points of her own.

Serbia’s 22 blocks completely shut down Germany’s offensive duo of Louisa Lippmann and Maren Fromm, which combined for an atrocious 8/37 (21%) performance.

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