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Bulgaria upsets Chinese Taipei in a full sets match

Elitsa (BUL) blocking

Mexicali, Mexico, July 20, 2009- The much taller Bulgaria team rebounded from one set behind 1-2 to down the fighting Chinese Taipei team in a fantastic full sets match 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-12) in first day of the second round of the 2009 Women’s Junior World Championship held here at Auditorio del Estado Ciudad Deportiva hall in Mexicali, Mexico on Monday.
 After Bulgaria won narrowly the first set, Chinese Taipei came back with their solid defense and skillful combination to win two successive sets to lead 2-1 before the Bulgarians rebounded aggressively with their efficient attackers Dobriana Rabadzhieva who was the match scorer with 21 points and Gabriela Tsvetanova who scored also impressive 18 points to win the fourth set and the tiebreak after the Asian team was leading 11-8. The Chinese Taipei magnificent center Shih Ting Chen was her team scorer with 21 points. Bulgaria started Pool E matches in the second round with a win- loss ratio of 1-0, while Chinese Taipei dropped to 0-1.
The taller Bulgarian players started the match using their dominance at the net through the middle blockers to lead 4-0 forcing Taipei head coach to call an early time out that made the difference as the Taipei team made a quick turn over after a group of spike services from Wen Huang and the efficient backline defense they deployed against the Bulgarian attacks. Taipei shifted the score to dramatically at the FTT and continued their superior performance till they reached 13-6. Bulgarian blockers Vikrorya Grigorova and Hristina Ruseva again emerged in closing the way in front of the Taipei attackers to get the draw 18-18 before they went through with the strong hits of Elitsa Vasileva and Gabriela Tsvetanova to win the difficult set 25-23.
 Bulgaria started the second set in the same momentum in the second set and succeeded to lead 5-2 but Taipei returned to their quick attacks through Ting Chen to improve the score to their side 8-5 scoring 6 successive points. The Asian team started to arrange the combination through the setter Chian Hsieh and using the quick attacks of Chen Chang to continue leading 16-12 at the STT. Bulgaria players were disturbed in their attacks and fell into many mistakes that was used well by Wan Ting Chen and Shih Ting Chen to finish the set 25-19.
 The third set showed tactical services from Taipei team that wasn’t tolerated by the Bulgarian defense and thus again they led 8-5 at the FTT and then their attackers succeeded frequently to penetrate the taller Bulgarian block and continued leading 16-10 at the STT. The Bulgarian coach made many substitutions in his front row trying to arrange the block against the opponent’s attack but they failed to do that due to the tipping skills made by the Taipei’s attackers to escape the Bulgarian blockers and Taipei again succeeded to win the set 25-20 to lead 2-1 in sets.
 Bulgaria players decreased their mistakes and arranged better their block of Nora Bogdanova and Grigorova and that allowed them to get the lead from the start of the fourth set and the led 8-5 at the FTT. Although Taipei team wanted to come back through their services but the Bulgarian attackers were there specially Doriana Rabadzhieva who performed her best to lead her team to win the thriller set 25- 21 to extend the match to tiebreak.
 The tiebreak started with an early Bulgarian leading through their better attackers but the Taipei players overcame the sluggish start when they sent their skillful spikes from all net position to make it 8-6 at the court turn. With the setter Hsieh doing well Taipei again led 11-8 before Bulgaria rebounded for the draw 11-11. In the most exciting moments of the match the Taipei players committed many mistakes and the Bulgarian defense reached the utmost to win the set 15-12 and the fantastic match 3-2.

  

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