The Serbian women’s team have enjoyed a brilliant run since 2015, first claiming silver at the 2015 FIVB World Cup and then reaching the final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In an exhilarating final, Serbia gave China a real run for their money but eventually lost in four sets and had to settle for a historic silver medal. However, they topped their Rio success with gold at the 2017 European Championship, beating the Netherlands in the final.
Prior to Rio 2016, Serbia’s best Olympic performance came at the Beijing 2008 Games, where they finished in fifth place. The team’s only other appearance was at the London 2012 Games, where they finished in eleventh place.
Serbia won bronze at the 2006 FIVB World Championship. Since then, they have finished eighth in 2010 and seventh in 2014. On a continental level, Serbia won European Championship silver in 2007 and gold in 2011. More recently, they won bronze in 2015 and the gold for a second time in last year’s Championship. Serbia also hold a European bronze from 1951 as SFR Yugoslavia.
Serbia have competed in the last seven consecutive editions of the FIVB World Grand Prix, after their first appearance in 2011. They immediately reached the podium, winning bronze in their first competition. Another bronze followed in 2013 and a third last year when they beat China in the third place playoff in Nanjing.