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Russia roll over Bulgaria at Women’s U20 World Champs

Russia celebrate their hard-fought 3-1 win over Bulgaria. The team of coach Svetlana Safronova kept cool at the end of the match to book their second win at U20 World Champs.

Brno, Czech Republic, June 23, 2013 – After their five-set thriller Friday versus Mexico and a day off on Saturday, Russia rolled over Bulgaria 3-1 on Sunday for their second victory at the 2013 Women’s U20 World Champs.

Kseniia Ilchenko scored 18 points to lead the Russia women to the 25-20, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-23 win in 104 minutes.

Russia powerhouse had 10 blocks and 4 ace serves, against 14 and 7 of Bulgaria, but Bulgaria were merely defeated by themselves as they made 30 errors.

Two sets down, Bulgaria reduced their errors in the third set to come closer. However, the tall Russian athletes proved their mental supremacy at the end of the fourth set. Even though Bulgaria fought hard to push Russia to their limits, Russia pulled clear. Led by Ilchenko (7 points in the last set) and omnipresent libera Ekaterina Voronova, Russia ended the duel 3-1 in their favour. 

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