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04/01/2013 20:00
Slovenia and Bulgaria with immaculate record in Nova Gorica after two rounds
2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship - Girls

Nova Gorica, Slovenia, January 4, 2013. The hosts of Slovenia and Bulgaria celebrated their second consecutive win on Friday in Nova Gorica where six teams are currently fighting for making it to the final round of the 2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship – Girls.
The home heroines cruised past Slovakia in straight sets and with a score line (25-10, 25-11, and 25-10) that clearly testifies their absolute supremacy. They started out by scoring six consecutive points and did not slow their pace down up to the final 25-10. Things did not change in the second set where Slovenia imposed its rule in all fundamentals and eventually pocketed that section with an impressive margin (25-11). Slovenia was on a class of its own also in set 3 (25-10) to celebrate its second consecutive straight win in the competition.

After surprisingly losing on Thursday to Israel, Croatia suffered another upset, this time surrendering in straight sets to Romania (22-25, 15-25, and 18-25). After a close first set, Romania caught a very good start in set 2 and the girls around head coach Adrian Radu did not lose control of the game by cashing the final 25-15. Croatia was making a way too many mistakes to be able to surge back and claim its first win in the tournament, and eventually lost also the third set quite clearly (18-25). Croatia’s head coach Alen Pavacic will have a demanding task in the next days to compensate for such a disastrous start in the competition for his girls.  

In the last match of the day Bulgaria emulated Slovenia going for a second win in straight sets with the “victim” being Israel, i.e. the side that had contributed a major sensation on Thursday by edging Croatia. Bulgaria’s dominance was absolutely evident and is additionally testified by an impressive score line (25-13, 25-16, and 25-17).  

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