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Brazil fights for five sets to win Bulgaria for the bronze

Leticia Hage (BRA) in the emotions after the match

Mexicali, Mexico, July 25, 2009- The Brazil fighters rebounded from two sets behind to win a thriller five set match against Bulgaria 3-2 (19-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 19-17) in the bronze medal match of  the 2009 Women’s Junior World Championship held here at Auditorio del Estado Ciudad Deportiva hall in Mexicali, Mexico on Saturday.
 Bulgaria team played their best in the competition to win two successive sets before the Brazil strugglers fought back to win two successive sets and they fought more to save 5 match points in the tiebreak before they won 19-17 after the competition most exciting tiebreaker.
 Brazil wing spiker Glauciele Silva was her team best scorer for the second match in a raw with 20 points while Bulgaria’s star Dobriana Rabadzhieva was the match scorer with impressive 29 points.
  Brazil started the match with a more stable line up to lead 4-2 through the spikes of Isadora Rodriguez and Glauciele Silva, but quickly the Bulgarian team deployed their block against Brazil attacks to draw 7-7 before Brazil led narrowly at the FTT 8-7. Again the Bulgarian setter Tsvetelina Nikolova led her team through the combinations using the backline row spiking through Dobriana Rabadzhieva and Elitsa Vasileva to stay near till Brazil was ahead at the STT 16-15. It was a turn point for Brazil as they showed a big disturbance in reception and defense similar to what happened in the semifinal against Dominican Republic. Again with the block of Nora Bogdanova and the spikes of Gabriela Tsvetanova and Dobriana Bulgaria won the first set 25-19.
 Brazil players lost the confidence and committed many reception and digging mistakes that allowed Bulgaria to use their attackers and centers to attack from all the net positions and again Bulgaria went ahead 8-6 at the FTT. Dobriana and Elitsa were outstanding in their skillful spiking out of reach of the Brazilian blockers so they maintained the lead 15-9 when Brazil head coach called a time out that rearranged the Brazilian attacks and improved the score to 13-16 at the STT. Brazil continued their recovery again through the spikes of Isadora and Glauciele and also the more working block of Ana Correa but Bulgaria won the critical points at the end of the set to finish the set 25-21.
 Brazil channeled their attacks through the wing spikers to overcome the outstanding Bulgarian block and they succeeded to penetrate and to play their best and thus they led 8-5 at the FTT. Again Brazil coach made some substitutions to co apt with the game, and they succeeded through the opposite Natiele Goncalves to score frequently. Also Hage worked well in blocking to lead her team to win the set 25-18. 
 The fourth set showed recovery of Bulgaria as they improved their reception and they succeeded to build up the attacks through Gabriela and Dobriana to lead 8-4 at the FTT. Brazil setter Roberta Ratzke played her best and scored many points intelligently through the second pass to allow her team to come back drawing 12-12. The set went point by point thereafter till Bulgaria was ahead at the STT 16-15. Brazil struggled to save the match as the coach made some substitutions that arranged their defense and Roberta did her best in spiking as well as the work of the Hage in blocking. Brazil led 23-21 through the efficient spikes of Natiele and Roberta and continued blocking Bulgaria till they won the set 25-21 and extend the match to tiebreak.
 The tiebreak showed early Brazil dominance through the efficient blocks of Correa and they were ahead 5-3 before Bulgaria survived again through their big gun Dobriana who scored from both the front and backlines to give her team another berth leading 8-5 at the court turn scoring five successive points. On time the Bulgarian duo of Dobriana and Elitsa did a good job to lead Bulgaria to lead 14-11 before Brazil showed dramatic come back and saved three match points to draw 14-14. The draw continued 16-16 till Brazil won the set dramatically 19-17 and the match 3-2.

  

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