Bulgaria wins top match with Czech Republic to claim provisional leadership
2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women
Varna, Bulgaria, September 9, 2012. In what was the absolute highlight of the weekend in Varna, the hosts of Bulgaria beat the Czech Republic 3:2 (14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, and 15-9) to top the charts of their Pool before the second round robin coming up next week in Hungary.
It was a game full of ups and downs, with the Czech Republic comfortably winning the first set, before the hosts could pocket the next two. Bulgaria was very close to finish it off in four sets as the local heroines went up 19:10 in set 4, but the Czechs stormed back to call for the tie-break. Bulgaria eventually closed it out there thereby going to Budapest next week as the provisional leader of the Pool. “It was a very nervous game with a lot of errors and maybe this was caused by the pressure. After all I am happy that we found our way again and could win the game” said home mentor Marcello Abbondanza.
In the other match of the day Hungary celebrated their first win in the group by edging Latvia with the score of 3:1 (25-20, 25-17, 26-28, and 25-21). “After losing two matches our goal was to beat Latvia and I think after this match we got mentally stronger. We did not play that good but it was enough. There was a drop of concentration after the first two sets as we thought we could win easily but we eventually brought it home in set 4 and this is what really matters” said Hungary’s head coach Lajos Nemeth.
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