France and Serbia were in the same EuroVolley pool back in the 2011 edition. Back then Serbia defeated France by the score of 3-1.
FIDON LEBLEU Juliette Marie Louise Andrée
SYLVES Amandha Marine
DASCALU Alexandra Alina
STEUX-CALEYRON Mallory Nathalie
Assistant Coach 2
Assistant Coach 2
French libero Juliette Gelin erupts in joy
Serbian players follow the replay waiting for the response on a challenge
Sladjana Mirkovic celebrates the third win for Serbia in the competition
Serbia pull off third straight victory to top Pool A charts
Serbia had a rough start to the match, just as the day before when playing Bulgaria, but came from behind (16-19) scoring as many as nine consecutive points to secure a 25-19 first set win. Despite losing the third set 17-25, Serbia’s second lines were still able to avoid a tiebreak, closing the match 3-1 in their favour.
Tijana Boskovic and Brankica Mihajlovic top scored with 14 points apiece even though they did not play in the third and fourth sets. France, on the other hand, used all of the 14 players on their roster. Manon Moreels of France suffered a knee injury towards the end of the match.
Serbia boast a perfect record of three wins in as many matches they have played in Pool A this far and they are yet to drop a point as they try to retain the crown they claimed two years ago in Baku.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of FRANCE compared to SERBIA.
FRANCE number of service aces compared to SERBIA
Errors leading to points of FRANCE, next to those from SERBIA
“I am very happy that we won the third game in a row at EuroVolley. France were great today and they played very well. All of the players on our roster could play today. I hope we will do better in the coming matches. After a day off, we will play with Greece so first we will try to focus on this one game. Obviously, our last match in Pool A against Turkey will be an interesting one.”
Player of Serbia and top scorer of the match
Juliette Fidon Lebleu, captain of France: “I want to say I am very, very proud of my team tonight. I think we really fought hard. We did great things. It is sad because our outside spiker Manon Moreels sustained an injury when we were leading the game. I want to be happy tonight because we showed great things but we cannot really be because of her injury. I really think about her. We are all going to support her. Our comeback in the third set was not enough for the win, but the fourth set was extremely good for us too. I think we cannot know what would have happened if she had not sustained that injury.
I think this game was a great preparation for the match with Finland. That shows us how we need to be against Finland. We need to think about them as if they were Serbia, and if we approach that game this way, that can be an interesting one.”