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Published:September 7th, 2009 10:40 EST
Serbia claims FIVB Boys` Championship

Serbia claims FIVB Boys` Championship

By Suren Hossein

JESOLO, Italy, Sept. 7 (MNA) -- First-time participant Serbia beat Iran 3-2 and won the 2009 FIVB Boys` Championship.
 
In the match held at the Palazzo del Turismo in Jesolo on Sunday, Serbia claimed championship with a 25-22, 20-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-11 thrilling victory over Iran.
 
It was really difficult match; we started well and more relaxed than the Iranians. The second set we lost because Uros Kovacevic couldn`t play anymore. We had than great fear to lose the match. But in the fourth set we were back in the match and in the last set we didn`t make any mistake. Dusan Petkovic who came for Uros played a very good match, " Milan Djuricic, coach of Serbia said in the post match news conference.
 
Aleksandar Atanasijevic, selected as the Most Valuable Player, paced the Serbian offense with 24 points while Vuk Milutinovic finished with 15 points including four blocks. Milan Peric added 14 and Nemanja Opacic contributed three aces and two blocks. Purya Fayazi topped Iran with 19 points and Amir Ghafour collected 16.
 
I am happy because my country has won this world championship. Of course I am very sad of my boys that they didn`t win. Those teams are very good and on a really high level. We knew that it will be a hard match. But the Serbians had today the better motivation and were more aggressive and strong. At least I would like to congratulate to my staff and players because they did a good job," Jovica Cvetkovic coach of Iran said.