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Germany outclasses Bulgaria in straight sets

The match star Sarah Petrausch in action against Bulgaria
Mexicali, Mexico, July 24, 2009- Germany outclassed Bulgaria 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 27-25) in the semifinal of the 2009 Women’s Junior World Championship held here at Auditorio del Estado Ciudad Deportiva hall in Mexicali, Mexico on Friday.
Germany qualified to the final while Bulgaria plays for the bronze medal.
The German setter Lena Mollers and the left attacker Sarah Pertausch were the key factors of this victory, the first for her outstanding performance in the formation of her team attacking strategy and the second was the match scorer (16 points) and the main engine of the attacks for the winners. The Bulgarian team started nervous and lost their temper fro0m the start of the match and thus they committed many silly mistakes that was the main element of the defeat specially in the critical third set.
The German setter Lena Mollers controlled the match at the start through her skillful settings and combinations that deceived the Bulgarian block and allowed Germany to lead 8-7 at the FTT. As usual Sarah Petrausch did a great job in spiking and penetration of the Bulgarian block so Germany stayed ahead at the STT 16-14. Bulgaria started to deploy their tight block of Gabriela Tsvetanova to draw for the first time 16-16. Again the German opposite Laura Welhenmaier did a got job in spiking from position 2 to regain the dominance so that Germany won the set 25-21.
 Only for few points Bulgaria arranged their line to build up the attacks and lead for a while till Germany took the lead after a group of successful blocks from Anja Brandt. The set became on side when Petrausch and Welhenmaier hammered the Bulgarian from the wings so they went easily to win the set comfortably 25-12.
 Bulgaria led 3-0 at the beginning of the third set but quickly Germany recovered and used their tactical service that caused a lot of problems to the Bulgarians who didn’t tolerate. On the other hand the German backline defense was in the best performance and they locked all the court aspects in front of Bulgaria attackers and that allowed them to lead 16-12 at the STT. Bulgaria showed their best performance in this match when Elitsa Vasileva and Dobriana Rabadzhieva did their job by the net with the aid of Nora  Bogdanova in the center block so they drew for the first time 18-18 before leading 23-21. The German blockers specially Brandt did a good job to regain the lead to their team before winning the most exciting set 27-25.


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