Betman must admit — Italy has a fantastic team. Young, strong, quick and technically very well fitted. They are going to rule in a few years…

Actually, they are not that far away from the title this year. They had a bit of rest in this match and did not take a grudge at this defeat — first at the championships! They had very tight match with Japan last evening, and had to save some energy for the semifinals. They are going to be much tougher in the last two games.

El Condor spikes. No, actually it’s Serbian “eagle” — Tijana Bošković (18). Source FIVB

Serbian beauties played fairly serious game, preparing starters for the main event in Yokohama. They gave up one set, but never feared for the final result — 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23.

And once again, Bošković (18) was dominant in the attack with 27 spikes (60%) and also had two powerful blocks. She had an excellent support in the attack from the middle blockers Milena Rašić (16) and Stefana Veljković (11) — both with 10 spikes, while Milena Rašić (16) and Bjanka Buša (1) set a wall at the net with 5 and 3 blocks.

Milena Rašić (16) with some nasty intentions. Source FIVB

As always, let’s see full stats:

Source: Betman’s beautiful persistence


China overpowered Netherlands 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-18, 25-17) in the last match of the third round, so now we know semifinal rivals:


Here is one farewell pic from the Nippon Gaishi Hall Nagoya — Women in Red teaching Volley-Boo to that old Christian greeting!

Volley-Boo desperately trying to catch up a bit of beauty. Source FIVB

Enough of that Nagoya. We had six games here, the floor is full of potholes. Let’s go somewhere else. Girls (and Mrs. Drča), will you please show us where is that Yokohama?

Bojana Živković (4), Jovana Stevanović (15) and Tijana Malešević (6) point to Yokohama! Source FIVB

There? OK, let’s not waste any more time!

Pool G:
VWWCh Japan 2018: Semifinals!
Serbia—Japan 3:0

Reports and Gallery from the second round:
VWWCh Japan 2018: Serbia — Women in Red
VWWCh Japan 2018: Third Round

Pool E:
Netherlands—Serbia 3:0
Japan—Serbia 3:1
Serbia—Germany 3:0
Serbia—Mexico 3:0

Reports and Gallery from the first round:
VWWCh Japan 2018: Serbia — Hamamatsu Gallery
VWWCh Japan 2018: Second Round

Pool D:
Serbia—Puerto Rico 3:0
Serbia—Kazakhstan 3:0
Serbia—Brazil 3:0
Serbia—Kenya 3:0
Serbia—Dominican Republic 3:0