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Bulgaria cruise past Puerto Rico 3-0 in World Grand Prix


Bulgaria's Lora Kitipova sets Hristina Ruseva against Puerto Rico on Friday

 Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, August 9, 2013 – Bulgaria eased to a comfortable 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-10) win over hosts Puerto Rico in Pool G of the FIVB World Grand Prix on Friday.

World Grand Prix debutants Bulgaria raised their record to 3-1 while Puerto Rico lost their fourth straight match.

Strashimira Filipova was the top scorer in the match with 13 points, while her teammates Elitsa Vasileva and Dobriana Rabadzhieva both scored 12. Karina Ocasio was the top scorer for Puerto Rico with 11 points.

Bulgaria had an 11-4 advantage in blocking and 4-1 in serving. Bulgaria scored 40 points on kills from 75 attempts while Puerto Rico could only manage 27 from 80 attempts.

In the first set, the two teams exchanged the lead early on but at the end of the set good work by Vasileva and Rabadzhieva gave Bulgaria the advantage they needed to take a 1-0 lead.

The second set started as the first one had with great defence and offence from both teams. Puerto Rico took an 8-6 advantage at the first technical timeout with an amazing block by setter Natalia Valentín. Bulgaria came back with good spikes to tie the set at 15-15 and an error by Ocasio put them ahead 16-15 at the second break. Tsvetelina Zarkova ended the second set with a great kill.

The third set was an easy ride for Bulgaria who dominated Puerto Rico with effective spikes as they zipped through the set 25-10.

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