At 31, Jovana Stevanovic is still a passionate winner on the court. And she shows no signs of slowing down despite the numerous accolades she has already earned in her career so far. “When I lose my passion for winning, I will stop,” she said in her exclusive interview for Volleyball World.
The 1.92m-tall middle blocker is part of Serbia’s golden generation. As such, she has already triumphed as a world champion twice, in 2018 and in 2022, and celebrated an Olympic silver at Rio 2016. These are just the three most important medals in a long line of podiums earned with the national team at various major world or continental competitions, like the Volleyball Nations League 2022 bronze, when she was named on the Dream Team.
Stevanovic has had an impressive club career so far as well. After growing up in Serbia playing for Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, she transferred to Italy and competed for several local clubs until earlier this year, when she moved to Türkiye to defend the colours of Eczacibasi Dynavit Istanbul. With her new club, she is about to embark on her second FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship adventure next week in China, after claiming a silver medal at the 2016 edition in the Philippines as a player of Italy’s Pomi Casalmaggiore. In addition to several domestic trophies in Serbia and Italy, Stevanovic’s showcase also includes a CEV Champions League title, also with Pomi in 2016, when she was named a Dream Team middle blocker as well.
The Serbian star and her Eczacibasi teammates are preparing for next week’s Club World Championship (December 13 through 17 in Hangzhou). They share a pool with Brazil’s Gerdau Minas of Belo Horizonte and Chinese hosts Tianjin Bohai Bank and, beyond that, Stevanovic hopes for another edition of Istanbul’s “eternal volleyball derby” with four-time club world champions VakifBank Spor Kulubu.