Serbia pulled off the upset of the tournament with a shock 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-12) victory over previously undefeated Russia on day seven of the FIVB Women’s World Cup.
Russia looked on course for a seventh-straight win to start the tournament after taking the first two sets before the Serbians mounted a stunning comeback to steal an unlikely victory.
Nataliya Obmochaeva continued her brilliant individual form with 27 points but who efforts were matched by Serbia’s Tijan Boskovic.
The defeat sees Russia drop from first to third on the ladder on 18 points, while Serbia remain in fifth spot on 16 points.
USA made the most of Russia’s slip up with a straight-set (25-16, 25-19, 25-14) victory over Argentina to claim top spot on 19 points.
Hosts Japan also only needed three sets to overcome Korea (25-17, 26-24, 25-17) to climb to second spot on 18 points.
China made light work of Kenya with a crushing 3-0 (25-7, 25-15, 25-14) triumph to sit in fourth place, also on 18 points.
Dominican Republic snapped a two-match losing streak with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17) win over Peru.
In the other game on day seven, Cuba also got back in the winner’s circle with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-14) win over Algeria.