Serbia to confirm upward trend
Serbia seek to continue their rise in women's volleyball
Serbia came from nowhere to win silver at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, but since the team has continued its irrepressible rise in women's volleyball.
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Last year, the team defeated Olympic champions China to pick up the bronze medal at the final staging of the FIVB World Grand Prix. They followed this with the gold medal at the CEV European Championships. As such, expectations are understandably high ahead of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League later in 2018.
In the third of five preliminary weeks in the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League, the number three team in the world will host Russia, Belgium and Turkey. There is sure to be a huge amount of enthusiasm in a country passionate about volleyball.
No wonder. After all, the ladies’ spectacular success of recent years has made an entire country proud. When the Serbian team returned as European champions last year, they were greeted by 10,000 delighted fans in the capital Belgrade and Aleksandar Vucic, President of the Republic of Serbia, gave the women a personal reception.
The man behind the success of Serbian women’s volleyball is coach Zoran Terzic, who has been at the helm for 16 years and his motto is “Never stop working.”
The goal is now to continue this rise in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, before the team turns its attention to the Japan 208 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championships, where Serbia will be out to spring another surprise.
Star of the team: Tijana Boskovic
Tijana Boskovic won a host of prizes last year. The European Volleyball Confederation CEV named the Serbian their “Player of the Year”, and the powerful hitter was voted MVP at the CEV European Championships. In her native Serbia, she was named the “Best Young Athlete” across all sports. “An individual award is something that gives every player an additional motivation to keep up the good work. I am happy for it and I will continue to grow as athlete,” promised Boskovic.
Despite her spectacular success, the young lady, who does not turn 21 until March 2018, has kept her feet on the ground. For all that, her rise has been a stellar one: At the Italy 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championships, while still a teenager, she was the top scorer in her team and smashed her way into the volleyball spotlight. In 2016, she won an Olympic silver medal and led her club Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul to the title in the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship, in which she was named MVP. This was followed by a phenomenal 2017, in which the 1.93-metre player was voted “Best Opposite” in the FIVB World Grand Prix.
“We had enormous success in 2017. We were strong as a team, we bonded, and we trained well in the last five months and this is our reward. Thanks so much to the people of Serbia,” said Boskovic. She is still just embarking on what promises to be a fine career, and is determined to guide Serbia to great success.
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