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Germany out, Bulgaria still hopes for spot in FIVB World League Finals


Bulgaria is another step closer to the 2013 FIVB World League Finals, after completing a 3-0 win against 2012 World League winners, Poland.

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 12, 2013 – With two swift victories, one country’s hope for the 2013 World League Finals came to an end, while another’s survives another day. Iran defeated Germany 3-0 to prevent the team from surpassing Russia for a chance at the finals, while Bulgaria survived Poland with a 3-0 defeat, prolonging their hopes until Saturday’s game.

“First of all, congratulations to the Iran team,” said Germany’s coach Heynen Vital. “In my opinion they performed their best game. As my captain said, we were not in the game. It was as if only Iran’s team was in the playing court. Before the match I had estimated that the match would have 3-0 result, and perhaps we or Iran would get it. Our team is very young. We lost but we should perform a good game.”

Iran outscored Germany 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20) at Azadi sport hall on Friday night. From first point, the match promoted a wild celebration among local volleyball fans in Iran, thanks to the vigorous presentations of Iran’s team during their inaugural World League season. The win is Iran’s first straight sets win in the World League. Iran are the first debutants in the World League with multiple victories (5) since the Czech Republic in 2003, with 10.

While Iran already does not have a chance at the finals, Germany’s loss brings a fresh breath to the Russians, who secure their second place spot in Pool B. Even with a potential comeback win on Saturday, Germany’s cannot surpass Russia’s points to take them out of their second place position, allowing Russia to move on to the FIVB World League Finals.

Bulgaria, however, is another step closer to the 2013 FIVB World League Finals, after completing a fantastic performance against last year’s World League gold medalists, Poland. The Lions didn’t waste any time defeating Andrea Anastasi's team, winning a quick three sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21).

“We made a step forward to the Finals,” said Bulgaria’s coach Camilo Placi. “It was a small step, but the most important is the last step. We played a good match. I am sorry for Poland and Andrea Anastasi. I was here when he won last year in Sofia. It was then when he surprised me with a present and gave me the clipboard he used in the final match. I still keep it and it's a good memory, but this is life - in sport you either win or lose. I hope we will play swell tomorrow and win and write a new shiny page in Bulgarian volleyball history.”

On Saturday, Bulgaria’s will fight for another win to qualify indisputably for the World League Finals. Poland, on the other hand, is already out of the finals, and will focus their attention on Eurovolley 2013 after their last match. 

USA is also fighting for a chance in the finals next week. USA and Brazil face off Saturday and Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Their first meeting on Saturday will be featured as the FIVB ‘Match of the Week’. Fans will be able to watch one of the biggest rivalries in volleyball, in their first of two Pool A matches on July 13 at 13:00 (GMT). The match will be streamed live free on FIVB Web TV for the benefit of volleyball fans around the world.

Brazil is already qualified for the finals, being at top of Pool A, with 19 points. USA has 12 points and will have to fight for the last spot against Bulgaria’s total points this weekend.


LIVE SCOREBOX | WEEK 7

 

No

Phase

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

89

B

12/07

21:10

16:30

IRI-GER

3-0

Tehran

View

View

View

View

86

A

12/07

20:08

17:00

BUL-POL

3-0

Varna

View

View

View

View

85

A

13/07

09:50

12:50

BRA-USA

View

Rio de Janeiro

View

90

B

13/07

21:00

16:30

IRI-GER

View

Tehran

View

88

A

13/07

21:00

18:00

BUL-POL

View

Varna

View

87

A

14/07

09:35

12:35

BRA-USA

View

Rio de Janeiro

View

 


Standings

Pool A

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

BRA

Brazil

19

8

7

1

2

3

2

 

1

 

22

10

2.200

754

676

1.115

2

BUL

Bulgaria

17

9

6

3

3

2

1

 

2

1

20

13

1.538

753

746

1.009

3

FRA

France

15

10

5

5

 

2

3

3

 

2

21

23

0.913

966

971

0.995

4

POL

Poland

13

9

4

5

 

2

2

3

1

1

19

21

0.905

857

894

0.959

5

USA

USA

12

8

4

4

2

1

1

1

3

 

17

15

1.133

754

703

1.073

6

ARG

Argentina

5

10

1

9

 

1

 

2

4

3

11

28

0.393

817

911

0.897

 

Pool B

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

ITA

Italy

19

10

7

3

3

1

3

1

2

 

25

16

1.563

953

896

1.064

2

RUS

Russia

19

10

7

3

3

1

3

1

2

 

25

16

1.563

939

889

1.056

3

SRB

Serbia

16

10

5

5

 

3

2

3

1

1

22

22

1.000

958

992

0.966

4

IRI

Iran

15

9

5

4

1

2

2

2

1

1

20

18

1.111

863

823

1.049

5

GER

Germany

14

9

4

5

1

2

1

3

 

2

18

19

0.947

790

812

0.973

6

CUB

Cuba

4

10

1

9

 

1

 

1

4

4

9

28

0.321

794

885

0.897


Pool C

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

CAN

Canada

23

10

8

2

4

3

1

 

2

 

26

11

2.364

881

771

1.143

2

NED

Netherlands

22

10

7

3

2

5

 

1

2

 

25

14

1.786

935

881

1.061

3

KOR

Korea

13

10

4

6

 

4

 

1

2

3

16

22

0.727

840

893

0.941

4

FIN

Finland

12

10

4

6

2

1

1

1

4

1

18

21

0.857

864

896

0.964

5

POR

Portugal

11

10

4

6

 

2

2

1

2

3

16

24

0.667

908

949

0.957

6

JPN

Japan

9

10

3

7

 

2

1

1

5

1

16

25

0.640

895

933

0.959

 

Top Scoring Performances

31 – Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Germany (June 30)
30 – Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Germany (June 29)
29 – Nikolay Pavlov of Russia v Germany (July 5)
28 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Russia (June 21)
28 – Wytze Kooistra of Netherlands v Canada (May 31)
27 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Argentina (June 28)
27 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Germany (June 9)
26 – Ngapeth Earvin of France v Brazil (June 29)
26 – Ngapeth Earvin of France v Poland (June 23)
26 – Leandro of Brazil v Poland (June 9)
26 – Valdir Sequeira of Portugal v Finland (June 1)
26 – Mikko Oivanen of Finland v Portugal (June 1)

Top Blocking Performances
6 – Nikolay Apalikov of Russia v Cuba (June 28)
6 – Dragan Stankovic of Serbia v Iran (June 21)
6 – Holt Maxwell of USA v France (June 14)
6 – Andrey Aschchev of Russia v Serbia (June 14)
6 – Frederic Winters of Canada v Korea (June 14)
6 – Emanuele Birarelli of Italy v Germany (June 9)
6 – Park Sang-Ha of Korea v Japan (June 1)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
20 – Iran v Serbia (June 23)
17 – USA v Poland (July 5)
16 – Bulgaria v Argentina (June 22)
16 – Italy v Russia (June 21)
16 – Italy v Germany (June 9)
15 – Russia v Germany (July 5)
15 – Portugal v Japan (June 29)
15 – USA v Bulgaria (June 28)
15 – Iran v Serbia (June 21)
15 – Canada v Korea (June 14)
15 – Poland v Brazil (June 9)

Top Serving Performances
7 – Alexandre Ferreira of Portugal v Finland (June 1)
6 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Cuba (June 14)

Top Serving Performances by Team
11 - Russia v Serbia (June 14)
10 – USA v Argentina (June 8)
9 – France v Bulgaria (June 7)
9 – Portugal v Finland (June 1)

Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: Wytze Kooistra of Netherlands, 28 (v Canada)
Week 2: Ivan Zaytsev of Italy, 27 (v Germany) 
Week 3: Tatsuya Fukuzawa of Japan, 24 (v Finland)
Week 4: Ivan Zaytsev of Italy, 28 (v Russia)
Week 5: Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia, 30 (v Germany)
Week 6: Nikolay Pavlov of Russia, 29 (v Germany) 

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Netherlands v Portugal, 36-34
Week 2: Bulgaria v France, 31-29
Week 3: USA v France, 30-28
Week 4: Russia v Italy, 30-28
Week 5: Iran v Italy, 32-30
Week 6: Portugal v Korea, 32-34 

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Finland v Portugal, 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12) – 219 points
Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 3-2 (28-26, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 15-10) – 219 points
Week 3: USA v France, 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9) – 226 points
Week 4: Serbia v Iran, 3-2 (26-24, 25-23,17-25, 14-25, 18-16) - 213 points
Week 5: Portugal v Japan 2-3 (25-22, 23-25, 30-28, 22-25, 10-15) 225 points
Week 6: Poland v USA (25-22, 
19-25, 13-25, 30-28, 18-16) 221 points

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