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Bulgaria falls to solid Russian performance
Bulgaria are despondent as they go down to Russia in straight sets for the second time this weekend
Surgut, Russia June 11, 2011 – Bulgaria suffered their second defeat to Russia this weekend on Saturday despite a solid fight as they went down 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-20) in Pool B clash in Surgut.
The victory gives the Russian team a 6-0 record
in Pool B, while Bulgaria
Maxim Mikhaylov led all scorers with 22 points
on 18 kills and four blocks. Alexander Volkov added 11 on eight kills and three blocks. Bulgaria was
paced by Matey Kaziyski with 11 points. Russia came out in the first set with
enthusiasm after Friday’s victory and took a 5-1 lead and remained far ahead at the
second TTO 16-6 before closing the set on top. Bulgarian tactics began to work in the second
set as the visitors led early on. But Maxim Mikhaylov helped the home side draw level at 15-15 with a thunderous spike. The Bulgarian
attack continued as both teams battled back and forth. But it was Russia who narrowly pulled ahead to take 2-0 lead.
Russia again took an early lead in the
third set and was ahead 8-5 at the first TTO. After the Bulgarian team was
given a yellow card, Russia
moved ahead to 18-16 and kept the Bulgarians under pressure as any comeback was thwarted.
Russia take on Japan at home next week as Bulgaria travel to Germany.