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Bugaria win Pool S first match over Australia in straight sets


Eva Yaneva from Bulgaria scored a game-high 13 points against Australia

Porec, Croatia, August 1, 2014 – Bulgaria continue winning streak in FIVB World Grand Prix after the European side defeated Australia in straight sets (25-14, 25-19, 25-13) in first match of Pool S in FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on Friday.

Key Points

·      Bulgaria became 16th nation with at least 10 World Grand Prix victories.

·      Bulgaria have won four matches in a row this season; they also got their first 3-0 win in four matches.

·      Bulgaria dominated in all scoring skill categories – 41 attacks, nine blocks, six aces.

·      Bulgarian quality of play improved with the inclusion of nine new players.

Bulgarian Eve Yaneva scored a game-high 13 points, Australian Rachel Rourke led the team with 10 points.

After a 4-all deadlock in the first set, Bulgaria were able to stretch their lead 11-5 from powerful blocking and serving. Australia managed to rally through and brought themselves back in the game 16-13 still in favour of Bulgaria. The European side, made sure they get the nine points to seal victory in the first set 25-19.

Bulgaria started off the set with an excellent showing of defence and offence for a 4-1 lead. Australia were able to work their way back and eventually tied the score at 6-all, then took the lead 8-7. Bulgaria maintained the lead and secured victory 25-19.

Bulgaria pushed to a 10-5 lead for a one-sided affair in the third set. Australia made another come back to cut down the Bulgarian league to within a point 11-10. Bulgaria proved too strong and wrapped up the set and match 25-13.


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