FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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In the end, the bronze medal was a good prize for the Russians


Bogdan Glivenko expressed Russian happiness about the bronze medal

Bogdan Glivenko, Russia player: "It was a hard match against Bulgaria. In fact, the entire championship was very demanding. We had some difficult games, including the one today, but we did it and we are very happy of getting the bronze medal. We expected more, but this is very good for us anyway."

Sergei Shliapnikov, Russia coach: "This bronze medal is good for the team. We had some problems building up this squad, as three players stayed in Russia. Some of our players here might even make it to the senior team after playing here."

Ventsislav Ragin, Bulgaria player: "First, I want to congratulate Russia for the way they played. The game was very close, and in some moments of the second and third set maybe we lacked a little luck. We also didn't spike well in those key moments and Russia blocked us greatly."

Dragan Ivanov, Bulgaria coach: "Russia made a great difference with their blocks. They're taller than us, so they outpowered us physically. Besides, our team is less experienced than Russia. I think those two facts played a very important role in the match."

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