Sendai, Japan, July 16, 2017 – Brankica Mihajlovic was a leading player in team Serbia, taking on a 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19) victory over Thailand on the last day of World Grand Prix in Sendai.
Mihajlovic scored 20 points, including 14 spikes, one ace and impressive 5 blocks. The latter was one of the strongest points of Serbia, as the team scored 14 points in comparison to 5 of Thailand. Jovana Stevanovic followed with 4 kill blocks. Serbians served well, with 10 aces to 1 of Thailand, and Bojana Zivkovic leading in this element with 5 points.
Thailand was ahead of Serbia only through opponents errors in reception and their best scorer was again Ajcharaporn Kongyot with 13 points.
Serbia coach, Zoran Terzić – “For the second weekend in row we’ve taken first place, and of course I’m very happy about this. This is definitely a big success for us. About today, it was we expected. Thailand plays different volleyball than us, but we played well tactically, and for the game – except maybe some time in the second set we did not play not so well – but for the rest of game we played on a good level that let us win 3–1.
Serbia captain, Milena Rasic – “The thing that makes me happy about weekend was that we played three games against three different teams, and we have 14 players who can play well in each game. We finished with a 3–1 win against Thailand, and three more points for us.”
Thailand coach, Danai Sriwacharamaytakul – “I want to thank the organisers for this competition, everything went really well. Serbia’s block and spike are really strong and it’s hard to get any points on them. We tried our best, but their block is so high and we couldn’t get points on them. Lastly, I want to thank our team members.”
Thailand captain, Pleumjit Thinkaow – “Serbia is very tall, attack and serve were very strong. Serbia’s good serving really didn’t let us play our style of combination volleyball. We need to improve that. Her teammate Ajcharaporn Kongyot echoed these sentiments.
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