Varna, Bulgaria, June 4, 2011 – Having injury problems and losing
star player Matey Kaziyski is no excuse for Bulgaria not winning their second
match against Japan on Sunday, coach Radostin Stoychev and captain Vladimir
Bulgaria were taken by surprise tactically and
mentally by the visitors in the first match. The seventh-ranked team in the
world needs the win to keep its chances of a Final Round spot alive.
"The side is growing with every day, but they
need time,” Stoychev explained. “The guys are already experiencing some changes,
but it will still take a while to see them on the court."
Japan, meanwhile, will be hoping to get something
out of their weekend in Bulgaria. With their fantastic speed, almost perfect
defence, explosive spikers and a fast setter, it may only be a question of
reducing their errors and gaining experience before they start producing