Sara Carić led Serbia to a bounce-back win over Poland ©Volleyball World

World champions Serbia rallied from an opening-match defeat to beat Poland at the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) in Rimini.

After falling to Turkey in a five-set thriller yesterday, Serbia found themselves behind again, but recovered to emerge 20-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 victors.

Sara Carić top-scored with 21 points, and afterwards told Volleyball World that it has been a "great match" to play in.

"I'm glad that we showed what we can do," Carić added.

"We played with good energy. 

"It was really nice to play this game. 

"We are a very young team and it's only the second match that we have played in this squad but we supported each other well."

Turkey, who defeated Serbia yesterday, beat hosts Italy 25-13, 25-23, 25-16 today.

Defending champions the United States enjoyed a straight-sets win over neighbours Canada and are second in the early standings.

Only Japan, who today overcame Olympic champions China 25-13, 25-19, 25-17, are above them.

Russia fought back from two sets down to overcome Belgium and now have two wins from two - as do Brazil, who beat the Dominican Republic in three sets.

South Korea overcame a first-set slip-up to beat Thailand, while the day's other match was a five-setter The Netherlands won 18-25, 25-18, 28-30, 25-23, 15-12 against Germany.

This season's VNL is taking place in a bio-secure bubble and round-robin matches continue tomorrow, with all 16 women's teams in action.