Bulgaria captain Vladimir Nikolov, one of the tournament’s
most prolific spikers, was held to three points against USA
Bulgaria’s Georgi
Bratoev averaged
6.33
sets against
USA, not far off
his competition-
topping overall
average of 6.53
Sean Rooney was one of two USA
players to finish the game against
Bulgaria with 15 points
Bulgaria’s Teodor Salparov, the Finals’ second-
best receiver and second-best libero, recorded
10
digs and 15 receptions against USA
62
FINALS HIGHLIGHTS
POOL
E
RANKING
Matches
Total Points
Pts Won Lost Won Lost Ratio
1
USA
4
1 1 180 161 1.118
2
BUL
3
1 1 159 168 0.946
3
GER
2
1 1 200 210 0.952
Hosts Bulgaria advance despite loss to USA
Sean Rooney and Matthew Anderson scored 15
points each as USA breezed past hosts Bulgaria
in the final Pool E match. Only Todor Aleksiev
managed to make it into double figures for
Bulgaria, who were out-blocked (10-5) and out-
served (5-1) by the Americans. The Bulgarians
also committed six more errors than USA. “What
I am really proud of is the fact that the players
paid a lot of attention to the details and they
brought energy to the court,” said USA coach
Alan Knipe. The result meant all three teams
(
USA, Bulgaria, Germany) ended the Finals’ pool
play with 1:1 win:loss records. USA finished on
top with four points – three for their win and one
for taking Germany to five sets. Bulgaria qualified
in second place with three points from their win
and Germany were eliminated with just two
points from their hard-fought victory over USA.
July 6
USA
BUL
3
0
25-21 25-16 25-17
POOL E - DAY 3