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Brazil continue pool A dominance with second win over Bulgaria


Brazil are closing in on the final rounds of the World League in Argentina

Brasília, Brazil, July 6, 2013 – Brazil came back from a set behind for the second day in a row to beat Bulgaria 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19) in their FIVB World League fixture on Saturday.

Just as they had on Friday, Bulgaria committed fewer errors in set one, and with a powerful attack and a solid defence, jumped five points ahead to 10-5. Lucas Saatkamp’s great serve put Brazil back in the game (11-12), but the Europeans regrouped and won the set 25-19.

Ricardo Lucarelli and Leandro Vissotto came into the match in set two, equaling the power of Bulgaria’s Tsvetan Sokolov and Todor Aleksiev. A run of Lucarelli points took Brazil up to 18-14, and a Vissotto spike sealed the second set, 25-21, to make it 1-1.

Brazil had a great start in set three, scoring five points in a row to run up to 6-1. They also improved their defence, and a great serve from Lucarelli sealed the set (25-17).

Encouraged by the crowd, Brazil then gained a five-point advantage in the fourth set. Vissotto, Lucarelli and Lucas Saatkamp led the attacks to close out the set (25-19) and win the match.

Leandro Vissotto was the match’s top scorer with 18 points, while Tsvetan Sokolov was top scorer for Bulgaria with 14 points.

Brazil stay top of pool A with 19 points, and are close to qualifying for the final stages in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Bulgaria remain second in pool A, with 14 points.

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