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Bulgaria beat France again in three straight sets

Sokolov spikes against the French blockers at the World League

Metz, France, June 9, 2013 - The Bulgarian team will be back home on Monday with big smiles on their faces after two games and two victories. Two days after beating France in five sets in Montbeliard, Bulgaria repeated their success in Metz. This time, Todor Aleksiev and his teammates needed only three sets (26-24, 31-29, 25-20) and 94 minutes to sweep this two game series.

On Friday night, the French players finished the game somewhat frustrated. "We have been too nervous, so we did too many mistakes," said the France team captain, Benjamin Toniutti,.

On Sunday, Bulgaria was just too strong for France especially in terms of offense and surprisingly in reception. Julien Lyneel, the best scorer on the French side in the first game said, “Again, we did too much errors. But, anyway, Bulgarian have been better than us tonight.”

The result on the scoreboard looked clean -  3 sets to 0 with 82 points for Bulgaria and 73 for France. But for the first two sets, the game was a lot more uncertain. In the first set, France had an opportunity to take the lead (24-23), but failed. In the second set, « les Bleus » got five set balls but lost them all while Bulgaria needed only one. Benjamin Toniutti said, “We couldn’t simply finish the job in the money time. They did it.”

For France, this second defeat in a row compromises their chance to finish at the top of the group. As Laurent Tillie, coach of France said, “With a group made of Brazil, USA, Poland, Argentina and Bulgaria, we knew it would be tough. So, we’ll fight. My team needs to learn. But I’m not as disappointed as I was after the first game, because my players did a lot better game tonight.”

France will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday to face the US team next weekend. Bulgaria will have some rest, before hosting Argentina on June 22 and 23 in Sofia.

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