Varna, Bulgaria, May 29, 2011 – Bulgaria picked up their first win of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League on Sunday as they saw off a determined Germany 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25-15-9) at home in Varna.
Coach Radostin Stoychev was eager to move on from his side’s defeat to Germany and his team eventually delivered the win.
However, Germany captain Robert Kromm and his young side did not make life easy for the home side, pushing them close. But Matey Kaziyski proved the difference as he and captain Vladimir Nikolov helped their side end the weekend on a high.
Nikolov was instrumental in the win, making just one error to steer his side to the win.
It all started well for Bulgaria as their reception easily dealt with the German attack.
However, Raul Lozano's team came storming back in the second set, not halting for a second as they brought the scores level, thanks in part to Kroom.
Todor Aleksiev pulled off some good attacking plays to pull Bulgaria ahead as the hosts regained the lead once again.
But Lozano's tactical play helped see his side draw level in an eventful fourth before Bulgaria regained focus in the fifth to take advantage of Germany's errors and seal a vital victory.