FIVB World Grand Prix
· July 7-23, 2017
· Ankara, Turkey
· Group 1 Schedule/Results
Serbia, the 2016 Olympic silver medalists, rolled through Pool B of European Qualifying for the 2018 World Championships with a 5-0 record to punch its ticket to Japan. All but two members of that squad are listed on the FIVB World Grand Prix roster.
Nine players from the 2016 Olympic team are on the roster: Bianka Busa, Bojana Zivkovic, Tijana Malesevic, Brankica Mihajlovic, Stefana Veljkovic, Jovana Stevanovic, Milena Rasic, Silvija Popovic and Tijana Boskovic.
Boskovic, who led all scorers and managed 82 points (7.45 per stanza in 11 sets) in four qualifying matches, will be available to the Serbian side for the Grand Prix. Boskovic also managed 69 kills (6.27 per set) and hit at a 51.28 percent clip.
Mihajlovic added 45 points (3.75 per set). Veljkovic put up 12 blocks (1.0 per set) and Zivkovic added eight aces.
New to the roster are opposite Sara Lozo and libero Teodora Pusic.
Missing from the European qualifying roster are outside hitter Katarina Lazovi and middle blocker Jovana Kocic.
Serbia, which boasts two World Grand Prix bronze medals (2011 and 2013), kicks off its 2017 journey against Turkey, July 7.