Aleksandar Atanasijevic helps Serbia to third victory in their 2016 World League camapaign
Kaliningrad, Russia, June 19, 2016 - Aleksandar Atanasijevic scored 16 points as Serbia beat Poland 3-0 (20-25, 20-25, 23-25) in their Pool C1 World League clash in Kaliningrad.
The next best scorer for Serbia was Srecko Lisinac with 14 with points, while Dawid Konarski scored 10 points for Poland.
Fierce battle started in the very beginning of the match as both teams exchanged balanced spikes and blocks 10-10. The score stayed even before Aleksander Atanasijevic gained a tiny advantage for his team 14-12. Serbia forced the World champions ask for a time-out at 19-15, though it was fruitless as Nikola Grbic’s squad was heading to close the set 25-20.
Poland felt immobilized as Serbia took the early lead in 2nd set 4-0. Magnificant attacks from Uros Kovacevic and Srecko Lisinac didn’t allow Poland to catch their opponent’s tempo. Serbia looked solid holding the full control of the set, though Poland bounced back for a while to score 3 points in a row to make it 19-14. Poland came to life once again to fight back another 5 points in a row, but Serbia were stronger to finish the job 25-20.
Serbia stormed forward in set 3 and gained a four points favour with blistering performance 7-3. They used every chance to save the ball even if it had to be the tip of the toe. Polland made a substitution at 12-15 to strengthen the technics with the help of Rafal Buszek and it was helpful as they managed to slow down Serbia and level the score 19-19. The ending of the 3rd set was smoking hot as the teams went point by point before Srecko Lisinac eventually fired down from the middle to seal the victory 25-23.