Batinic and Caric join a Serbian celebration during the match against Colombia
Rosario, Argentina, August 22, 2017 - Serbia had to work hard to defeat a spirited side of Colombia and achieve Pool C third place, but in the end they prevailed 3-1 (25-18, 12-25, 25-20, 25-22) with solid performances of Sara Caric and Barbara Batinic.
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Main scorer Caric once again led the charts, this time with 21 points, while Batinic came up as a starter for the first time and lived up to it with 16 tallies. Colombia relied on teamwork to compete and had great moments on the blocking department, with a 15-6 advantage. Individually, Ana Karina Olaya and Emelys Martinez were paired with 11 points each and Manuela Ibarguen nailed 10.
Colombia didn’t panic against Serbia and fought as an equal until a European 16-15 on the first set, but after the second TTO Caric and Batinic teamed up to break free 25-18. However, Serbia began failing and three consecutive errors gave Colombia a 19-10 lead that turned into a massive 25-12 after a spike by Ibarguen. With the 1-1 tie, Serbia regrouped and got back ahead 25-20, to close it after a while despite the permanent resistance from Colombia, 25-22.