Mexico City, Mexico, June 17, 2016- Marco Bojic unleashed his power to lead Montenegro to a win over Germany in five sets (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 21-25, 15-11) at Group 3 Pool B World League opener at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City.
Marko Bojic scored impressive 29 points for a match-high, on 26 spikes, one block and two aces. Joining Montenegro’s top scorers were Vojin Cacic with 18 points and Gojko Cuk with 11 points.Montenegro led in attacks 68-51 and in serves 6-0, while Germany held a huge 14-8 advantage in blocking.
Germany return to the World League competition after missing last year, whilst Montenegro make their second appearance as a lone entity. This was the first contest between the two sides at the top level of men's volleyball.
Germany jumped ahead winning the first set not by much (25-22) as both team had a slow start, keeping the score tied on several occasions. On Germany’s side Klein and Malescha led while Bojic went solo for Montenegro. Germany managed to keep a comfortable three point lead up to the end.
In set two it was Montenegro who took a four point lead 11-7 with several unforced errors by Germany but mostly by Montenegro’s effective spikes. Montenegro went on leading with Bojic’s powerful spikes while Germany stayed close. Montenegro tied the actions winning set two 25-22.
Montenegro went on strong entering set three and took the lead again 6-2. Germany remained with difficulties in their defence and failing attacks. Montenegro took a huge 13-7 advantage with Vojin Cacic joining forces with Bojic leading in attacks. Cacic led the way to Montenegro’s third set win by 25-17.
In set four, Germany had more coordination and took a 3-0 lead. It wasn’t long for Montenegro to fire up, but Germany managed to block well and led 8-5 in the first technical time-out. Montenegro turned the score around with constant attacks and Bojic continued strong for a 14-12 lead. Germany benefited by three errors in a row for a two point lead 18-16 and by controlling their defence better they won set four 25-21.
In the tie-break Germans Dirk Westphal and Moritz Reichert began inspired, but as Montenegro’s Cacic and Bojic were persistent, the scoreline turned in the South European's favour as Bojic gave Montenegro’s their first win with a powerful spike finishing set five 15-11.