Venezuela celebrates as the team won tie breaker against Montenegro
Tunis, Tunisia, June 24, 2016 - Venezuela claimed a 3-2 (25-19, 25-16, 19-25, 15-25, 15-13) victory over Montenegro as teams open weekend in Tunisia. Montenegro made a come back from 0-2 behind, but Venezuela took the victory, winning two points.
Venezuela stood in Montenegro's way to stretched the winning streak, as the European team won its three last matches in 2016 FIVB World League. In the first meeting against Montenegro, Willner Quijada led Venezuela with 20 points (19 in attack and one block), while Vojin Cacic of Montenegro scored 16 points, including 11 in attack, four kill block and an ace. This was the first victory of Venezuela in World League against European team since 2009.
Montenegro took an early lead in the first set at 7-4, 9-7 and 11-8, but Venezuela chased back to 11-10, going ahead at 18-16. Venezuela maintained the lead, taking the set 25-19.
Venezuela turned table at Montenegro, leading 8-4 at first TTO, stretching the gap to 16-11 by the second time out. Substitutions on Montenegro's side didn't help the team, as Venezuela claimed the set 25-16.
The third set started close, with Venezuela's slight lead 8-7. Vojin Cacic stepped in at the service line,going 11-9 ahead, which quickly turned to 16-12 by the second TTO. Venezuela couldn't recover as Montenegro took the set 25-19.
After sensing its chances to extend the match, Montenegro started the fourth set with 8-6 at the first TTO. Captain Cacic stood up again, making it 12-7 for his team. the gap extends to 18-11 and Montenegro marches right into a tie break, winning the set 25-15.
Venezuela found its focus, keeping a close score in the tie-break, with teams changing sides with a one point difference. Venezuela managed to take bigger lead only at 12-10, but Montenegro makes a come back to tie again. Venezuela kept its nerves, taking the match 15-13.