Relentless Serbia power through to World Championship


Serbia celebrate in Warsaw after becoming the first team to qualify for the 2018 FIVB World Championship

Warsaw, Poland, May 28, 2017 - Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallists Serbia demolished Poland 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-15) Sunday evening to claim the first ticket to the 2018 FIVB Women's World Championship in Japan after topping Pool B with a remarkable absolutely perfect record.

Meanwhile, after Poland's defeat, it's the Czech Republic who will be continuing in the European qualifiers, after they stunned Poland on Saturday night and finished the Warsaw pool on a 4-1 record with a sweep on Sunday of Cyprus 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-15).

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Serbia join Japan as hosts and USA as defending champions at the 2018 World Championship. The Czech Republic will get another shot at getting to Japan in Round 3 of the European qualifiers together with the other second-ranked teams of the remaining Round 2 pools. Two more European pools are up for grabs in the single round-robin pool to be held 22-27 August.

The Czech Republic celebrate win over Cyprus that sees them keep their World Championship dream alive.

With Tijana Boskovic on fire, scoring 21 points and getting 18/34 (53%) in attack, Serbia outclassed Poland in the closing match in Warsaw, stuffing their opponents 15 times - four blocks alone by Jovana Stevanovic, who also had 6/13 kills down the middle. Brankica Mihailovic added another 9 points.

The Warsaw pool was moved a week earlier due to Cyprus and Iceland competing in the Games of the Small States of Europe next week in San Marino. The other five women's pools of the European qualifiers for the World Championship are next week.

In the other match of the day in Warsaw Slovakia shut out Iceland 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-11) to finish fourth in the pool and leave the nordic side winless at the bottom of the table.

Karin Palgutova of Slovakia tries to block Iceland's Erla Eiriksdottir in Warsaw.