Bulgaria overcame the obstacle of the USA in straight sets, Saturday afternoon,
as the matches for positions 5-8 of the 2007 Men's Junior World Championships
began in Rabat, Morocco.
The two teams alternated in the lead through most of the first set, but Bulgaria
took the initiative twoards the end, to first reach set-point at 24-22. Captain
Ivan Kolev was blocked by William Price, allowing the Americans to tie the score
briefly at 24-24, but the Bulgarian player took his revenge, winning the next
two points with a spike (25-24) and a stuff on Matthew Anderson (26-24), putting
his team ahead 1-0.
Bulgaria continued to put pressure with their serving, denying the Americans any
wide lead in the score, and with Tsvetan Sokolov scoring an impressive 26 points
and emerging top scorer of the match, clicnhed all the deciding points to win
the next two sets 25-20 and 25-22.
Bulgaria will now face, on Sunday morning, the winner of Argentina-Cuba match
for positions 5-6. The USA meets the loser for positions 7-8.