Bulgaria's girls emulate their compatriots with second straight home victory
2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship - European Qualification
Samokov, Bulgaria, May 9, 2013. Bulgaria scored on Thursday their second consecutive win by edging Greece in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, and 25-17) on the second day of the tournament whose winner will make it to the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship scheduled for late June in Brno and Prostejov, Czech Republic. In the other match of the day Germany debuted in the competition by edging Croatia after coming back from two sets down (22-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23, and 15-10).
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Bulgaria showed superb Volleyball right from the start of their game with Greece; actually the early stages of the match did see a very close race before the home heroines showed more composure and the right determination to bring it home at 25-22. Bulgaria got an early lead also in the second set and they did not dissipate it thereby claiming a provisional 2:0 in sets with another 25-22. Their opponents from Greece attempted to change the course of the game in set 3 but they could not achieve their goal. Bulgaria was up by as many as six points at the second technical time-out and did finish it off at 25-17 for their second consecutive win in the tournament.
In the other match of the day Croatia imposed their pace by claiming the first set of their fixture with Germany (25-22) and though the players mentored by head coach Han Abbing fought bravely in the second, Croatia scored five in a row to claim a 2:0 lead in sets (25-19). Playing under pressure Germany was able to unleash their full potential in the third set helped also by some errors by the Croatian girls (25-23) before a nail-biting race followed in the fourth. The teams played point for point there but Germany showed real mental strength in the final rush to call for the tie-break (25-23). There Croatia evidently felt the pressure and could not keep up with Germany that eventually brought it home at 15-10 for a 3:2 come-from-behind win.