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Bulgaria falls to solid Russian performance

Bulgaria are despondent as they go down to Russia in straight sets for the second time this weekend

Surgut, Russia June 11, 2011 – Bulgaria suffered their second defeat to Russia this weekend on Saturday despite a solid fight as they went down 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-20) in Pool B clash in Surgut.

The victory gives the Russian team a 6-0 record in Pool B, while Bulgaria has 3-3.

Maxim Mikhaylov led all scorers with 22 points on 18 kills and four blocks. Alexander Volkov added 11 on eight kills and three blocks. Bulgaria was paced by Matey Kaziyski with 11 points.

Russia came out in the first set with enthusiasm after Friday’s victory and took a 5-1 lead and remained far ahead at the second TTO 16-6 before closing the set on top. 

Bulgarian tactics began to work in the second set as the visitors led early on. But Maxim Mikhaylov helped the home side draw level at 15-15 with a thunderous spike. The Bulgarian attack continued as both teams battled back and forth. But it was Russia who narrowly pulled ahead to take  2-0 lead.

Russia again took an early lead in the third set and was ahead 8-5 at the first TTO. After the Bulgarian team was given a yellow card, Russia moved ahead to 18-16 and kept the Bulgarians under pressure as any comeback was thwarted.

Russia take on Japan at home next week as Bulgaria travel to Germany.
  

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