Serbia Follows Bjelica to Sweep of Argentina

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 13th, 2018 | European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News, South American Volleyball

2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League

  • Gimnasio del Campus de la Universidad Tecnologica Nacional; Santa Fe, Argentina
  • June 12-14, 2018
  • Time Zone: UCT – 3; ET + 1
  • FIVB World Rankings: No. 2 USA, No. 3 Serbia, No. 10 South Korea, No. 11 Argentina
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
12 Jun 17:40 Serbia  3–1  United States 30–28 23–25 25–20 25–18 103–91
12 Jun 20:40 Argentina  3–0  South Korea 25–18 26–24 25–21 76–63
13 Jun 17:40 South Korea  0–3  United States 13–25 23–25 19–25 55–75
13 Jun 20:40 Argentina  0–3  Serbia 27–29 13–25 16–25 56–79

Serbia def. Argentina 3-0

  • Serbia defeated Argentina 29-27, 25-13, 25-16
  • Serbia moved to 11-3 (34 points); Argentina moved to 1-13 (3 points)

Serbia served up 10 aces and edged Argentina in every other statistical category in a sweep.

The Serbians bested the host Argentines in kills (44-35), blocks (9-8) and aces (10-1) and took advantage of 16 miscues, while committing just 12.

Ana Bjelica led the way for Serbia with 18 points (15 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace), while Milena Rasic (16) and Bojana Milenkovic (14) followed. Milenkovic chipped in 10 kills, three aces and a block, while Rasic downed eight kills and added a team-high five aces and team-leading three blocks.

It was a true team effort for Argentina with five players turning in seven or more points. Paula Nizetich and Anahi Tosi notched nine apiece, followed by Antonela Fortuna and Agnes Tosi with eight. Julieta Lazcano rounded out the ground with seven points. Anahi Tosi posted a team-best nine kills, while Nizetich and Fortuna tallied eight apiece. Agnes Tosi and Lazcano put up three blocks apiece.

After trailing by one at 8-7, Agnes Tosi led Argentina to a 19-16 advantage. Both teams had their chances to close out the win, but, in the end, Serbia claimed three straight points to steal away the 29-27 victory.

Serbia jumped ahead 7-2 to start Set 2 and hung on for a dominating 25-13 win behind Bjelica, Rasic and Milenkovic.

Argentina boasted a 7-4 lead in Set 3 fueled by the home crowd, but Serbia caught up and grabbed a 12-11 advantage. Rasic’s serve put the set out of reach for the Argentines and Jelena Blagojevic issued the final blow at 25-16.


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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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