London 2012

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Bulgaria down Italy to cap final standings of Pool A

The players of Bulgaria national team celebrate their classy 3-0 win whereby they could eventually finish their campaign on top of preliminary Pool A

London, Great Britain, August 6, 2012 – Another chapter to Bulgaria’s fairy tale in the men’s Olympic tournament was added on Monday afternoon as the group captained by Vladimir Nikolov got past Italy in three straight sets (32-30, 25-20, and 25-19) to improve their wins/loss record to 4-1 and finish atop of the charts in Pool A.

Bulgaria was once again paced by diagonal player Tsvetan Sokolov who scored 21 points while Italy’s offense was anchored by Michal Lasko and Ivan Zaytsev with 15 and 14 respectively. Bulgaria’s supremacy in the game is testified by all stats with 9 blocks vs. 5 for Italy and a total of 6 aces. With this result that moves the head-to-heads on the Olympic arena to 3-1 for Bulgaria, Italy’s record dropped to 3 wins and 2 losses and the side mentored by Mauro Berruto is likely to finish third in the group. 

The two powerful, attacking teams looked evenly matched in the first set and were rarely more than a point apart. Todor Aleksiev and Tsvetan Sokolov spiked for Bulgaria, while Michal Lasko and Ivan Zaytsev fired for the Italians. Both sides saved set points before Bulgaria finally won 32-30.
Set two was also close, with Cristian Savani, Alessandro Fei and Viktor Yosifov all scoring well. But Sokolov’s dominance in the air was the difference between the two sides, and Bulgaria eventually won the set 25-20.
The third set was level up to 14-14, with Todor Skrimov, Yosifov and Sokolov battling Zaytsev and Savani. Bulgaria again were slightly superior and took the set 25-19, and the match 3-1.


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