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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Bulgaria 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-19) - duration 1:00
11-Sep, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:00 - Attendance: 2,407
Russia moves to semifinal after easy victory over Bulgaria
Russia performed very well in the quarterfinal of the Women's World Championship against Bulgaria. The favorite for the title took a straight sets victory over the bronze medallist of the 2001 European Championship.
Both teams didn't start very well in the first set, but Russia already took a clear lead at 10-6. From that moment, it was an easy set for the team of coach Nikolai Karpol. Russia jumped to a 23-11 lead after a series of good services of Elena Plotnikova. The final score of the set was 25-13.
But things changed in the second set. The Bulgarian team was leading at the first technical time-out (8-5). But then the third ranked team of the 2001 European Championship didn't have enough power to stay in front. Suddenly the score was 13-8 in Russia favor. It was Plotnikova who scored with her serves. A medium performance of the Russians was already enough to win the set with 25-21.
The Russians were soon leading with 4-0 in the third set, but the Bulgarian team kept fighting and caught up to 6-8. The Bulgarians never gave up, but they were still no danger for the Russian team. Despite of the unusual high number of Russian mistakes, the Grand Prix winner was always leading by five points in the entire set. After catching up to 19-22, the Bulgarian team had no power anymore. Russia took the third set with 25-19 and was the first team to qualify for the semifinal.
Captain Evguenia Artamonova played a great match for Russia. She scored 16 points, two more than Ekaterina Gamova. Antonia Zetova was with 10 points the leading Bulgarian scorer.