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Germany comes from behind to finish strong Serbian team in four



Germany won the match for seventh place with a come from behind effort against Serbia

Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2010 - Germany edged Serbia in a tight contest of four sets (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23) to win the battle for 7th spot on Sunday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Both teams had lost their previous matches against Turkey and Italy respectively.

Leading the German squad to victory was Margareta Kozuch who put on an incredible show, scoring 29. Maren Brinker and Corina Suschke totalled 13 and 10 respectively in the winning effort while Christiane Furst had five blocks among her 8 points.

Serbia was led by Jovana Vesovic who posted 19 for the losing side. Jovana Brakojevic notched 12, Nastasa Krsmanovic added 11 and Brizitka Molnar chipped in 10 tallies.

Serbia edged out to an early four-point lead on a Vesovic spike that found the mark followed by a Natasa Krsmanovic service ace, making it 9-5. But Germany would scramble back to 18-17 late thanks to great attacking play by Kozuch and Heike Beier. But Serbia didn't lose their advantage, jumping out front again and taking the set 25-20 on a strong put-away by Krsmanovic.

Germany came back better to start the second with three consecutive Kozuch rockets giving her squad an 9-4 lead, but Serbia's Sanja Malagurski countered with a pair of her own to cut the lead to two. But German continued to look to Kozuch out wide, and she drove three more spikes as her side took nine of ten points mid-set to extend to 20-10. Serbia had a run near then end, but a Anne Matthes spike closed it out 25-21 for the Germans.

German grabbed a three point lead in the third, going up 13-10. But a couple of powerful attacks from Vesovic would bring Serbia back to tie. A clever tip by Christiane Fürst at the net would give Germany a 20-16 advantage, and they went on to take it 25-22 on a fierce kill by Corina Ssuschke.

In the fourth, the sides started out evenly as attacks from Germany's Kozuch and Serbia's Krsmanovic push the sides to a 10-10 tie. But eventually the German side would push past, going up 20-16 thanks to a scorching kill from Matthes and an ace by Kozuch. From there Germany would finish off the match 25-23 as Malagurski sent a serve long on the final point.