Crvena Zvezda retains Serbia's Supercup
News from the National Federations
Beograd, Serbia, October 9, 2012. Crvena Zvezda BEOGRAD claimed for the second consecutive year the Supercup that opened the domestic season in Serbia. The team from the capital city defeated VC Vojvodina NS Seme NOVI SAD in straight sets (25-16, 25-22, and 25-20) after 80 minutes of play to retain this prestigious title. The match was played at “Sumice” sports hall in front of 500 spectators.
Crvena Zvezda absolutely deserved the victory. After dominating in the first set, the “red-and-whites” had a somewhat more difficult task in the following set, but only until the second technical time-out. In the third set, Vojvodina NS Seme had their chances, even set the pace of the game for a while, but in the end they had to accept the defeat to their opponents.
Mrs. Svetlana Smiljanic, member of the Executive Board in the Wiener Städtische company, presented special plates to players and members of the staff of both teams. Mr. Nenad Golijanin, First Vice-President of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, awarded the winning team with an ad-hoc trophy.
The match was carefully followed by Igor Kolakovic, head coach of the men’s national team, who was accompanied by Andrija Geric, ex-player of the national team, and Miljan Grbovic, who is also a member of the coaching staff of Serbia’s national team.
Dusko Nikolic, head coach of Crvena Zvezda: “This is surely a great boost for our young team before the start of the season. It is always difficult to play against Vojvodina, and today’s result may fool someone, but on the court it was very complicated”.
Mihajlo Mitic, team captain of Crvena Zvezda: “We hoped to win this trophy and we did it, but it was by no means as easy as the result may seem. There is still much to be improved in our game, but I am sure that we will raise the level of our performance in the next few weeks”.
Nikola Salatic, head coach of Vojvodina: “We knew that we are not at the top of our game, but I hoped that we could show more commitment on the court. I am not blaming my guys, but I expected more from them”.
Milija Mrdak, player of Vojvodina: “It is obvious that we are not comfortable playing against Crvena Zvezda. We struggle a lot, and in this moment they are the better team. We will do our best to come closer to them as we progress through the season”.