FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Bulgaria coach Dimo Tonev: Italy had excellent blocking and their setter played wonderfully

Italy Davide Mazzanti with Bulgaria Dimo Tonev

Brno, Czech Republic, June 26, 2013 – Italy beat Bulgaria 3-1 in the round of 16

Italy coach Davide Mazzanti: We lost the first set. I mean, it was a problem of emotional tension by my team. It was our first very tough match, so we had this problem. After that set we began to play as we know. We played a great game especially in blocking and defense.

Italy captain Cristina Chirichella: I think we played very good today. Only in the first set we were maybe too excited. Bulgaria is a very strong team, we knew that we had to be alerted. We prepared very much for this match. We solved every trifle and try to play our best.

Bulgaria coach Dimo Tonev: My team had very good motivation in the beginning of this game. Then Italy started to play stronger and my team didn’t change our play. I think the third set was very important too. We had a good possibility to win today. But we didn’t manage it. Italy had excellent blocking and their setter played wonderfully.

Bulgaria captain Simona Dimitrova: My team played very well in the first set but after that Italy changed their game and they were better than us. They played great today.


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