Bulgaria beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-17) - duration 1:03
08-Sep, start time: 14:00, end time: 15:03 - Attendance: 4,886 Bulgaria gives Puerto Rico a volleyball lesson
After Saturday's victory against Korea, the Bulgarian team started very ambitiously in the match against Puerto Rico in the second round of the Women's World Championship. The straight sets victory of the 2001 European Championship bronze medallist brought Bulgaria in the Elite Eight. Bulgaria rapidly took a clear lead (16-4). Already in the first half of the set the Puerto Rican headcoach David Alemán was forced to take two time-outs (at 2-6 and 2-12). But Bulgaria kept control of the match and could easily extend the lead. With a back-row attack of Antonia Zetova, the Eastern Europeans finished the first set (25-15). Thanks to two powerful serves of Aurea Cruz, Puerto Rico took the lead in the second set (3-1). But shortly afterwards Bulgaria equalised and took the lead back. The difference between the two teams was not as big as in the first set. The attacks of the Caribbean team were more successful during this phase of the match. Four reception faults of Puerto Rico as a result of powerful serving by the Bulgarian captain Vania Sokolova extended Bulgaria's lead to 16-8. The frustrated Puerto Rican players started discussions with the referee and lost the second set 16-25. At the beginning of the third set, Bulgaria took a 4-0 lead. But the Puerto Ricans caught up and took a 6-5 advantage. After a time-out taken by Stefan Panchev, the Bulgarian team got back into the set. Due to a series of reception faults of the Puerto Rican team, Bulgaria took a clear lead (15-9). The set ended with an attacking mistake by the Puerto Rican team (17-25). Thanks to their second win in the second round, Bulgaria reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 1970. Antonia Zetova was again the best scorer in the Bulgarian team. She made 14 points against Puerto Rico.