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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Bulgaria brush China aside

Bulgaria's Matey Kaziyski spikes against China
Turin, Italy, September 25, 2010 - Bulgaria opened its 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship campaign with a 25-14, 25-19, 25-22 victory over China in Pool E, being played at the Palasport Ruffini in Turin, Italy. Bulgaria and France, who beat the Czech Republic 3-2 earlier in the day, lead the group with 1-0 records. The top three teams in each of the six first-round pools advance to the second round, while the fourth-placed team is eliminated from the tournament.

Matey Kaziyski and Vladimir Nikolov both charted match-high 14 points for Bulgaria, who had a 12-6 block advantage and a 5-1 service ace superiority. China were led by Ping Chen's 13 points while Bulgaria benefited from 27 Chinese errors.

From the first points of the opening set the match was spectacular, with a quick hit from China’s tallest player Hongmin Bian (2.10m) and a brutal spike from Kaziyski. Bulgaria scored two consecutive points to take an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO), then extended their advantage to 12-8 as Kaziyski registered four early spikes. Bulgaria made it 20-11 with four points immediately after the second TTO and rounded off the set at 25-14, with team advantages of 15-6 in spikes and 4-1 in blocks. The efficiency of the European team’s block thwarted China’s attacking attempts.

The second set was close early on with Bulgaria holding an 8-7 advantage at the first TTO. Bulgaria then broke from 11-11 with five consecutive points on the serve of Kaziyski to reach the second TTO leading 16-11. China closed to within two points at 19-17, leading to a Bulgarian timeout, and the break proved effective as Bulgaria finished the set with a 6-2 scoring run that included Nikolov's third ace of the set and two blocks from Yosifov. Chen was the leading Chinese scorer in the set, Bulgaria produced five blocks to China's two and even if the scoring was tight Bulgaria were the more organized on the court despite four serving errors and one hitting error.

Set three carried on for Bulgaria where set two had left off, helped by Chinese serving and attacking errors. From 4-4 Bulgaria scored three straight points and went into the first TTO leading 8-5. They extended their advantage to 15-8 but China charged back to 15-11 with an ace by Chen and a block from Weijun Zhong. China cut its deficit to a single point at 18-17 after consecutive Bulgarian errors. However, consecutive Chinese mistakes on the final two points of the match stopped the comeback in its tracks. China committed nine serving errors in the third set alone.

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