FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament 2012 | Bulgaria

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First wins for France and Bulgaria


Egypt's Mohamed Badawy (left) spikes against Ngapeth, Le Roux and Rouzier (FRA)

Sofia, Bulgaria, June 08, 2012 – Bulgaria and France lead the ranking of the FIVB World Olympic Qualification tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, after the first day of competition.

France defeated easily Egypt 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 15-25, 25-15) at the start of FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Sofia. Earvin Ngapeth was the lighthouse of Philippe Blain's team scoring 18 and leading his teammates to victory. Egypt had a chance in the second set and failed to keep advantage in the third to stay in the match.

France beat Egypt three times 3-0 before this match: the record was set with victories in the World Cup 2003, the World Championship 1978 and World Championship 1974.

France coach Philippe Blain: "A number is enough to comment a match which was not good: a total number of 63 opponents' errors. But we made a good victory. For us tomorrow will be kind of final against Bulgaria and I hope to win this match".

Egypt coach Elshemerly Sherif: "We didn't prepare well for a lot of reasons and we really tried to play well but we are not in a good shape. Because of political problems in Egypt, from January we have only played two matches. I hope step by step to improve our game and we will do our best to win the next match".

Bulgaria started FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Sofia with an easy win over Pakistan. The Asian team was considered absolute outsider but bravely challenged more classy team of the hosts. However, the difference between the debutant on Olympic Qualifications and Bulgaria was too huge to be narrowed - 3:0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-21). Pakistan never played any of the teams seeded in Sofia tournament.

"We are pretty satisfied of our victory today" said Vladimir Nikolov, Bulgaria captain. "It was important for us to save our physical and psychological strength for the next match against France. However, I believe Pakistan played really well taking into account their current world ranking".

Hussain Mazhar Hassan, coach of Pakistan: "This is our very first time playing in an Olympic qualification and I think the Bulgarian players were very good. My team is really young and they did their best but the difference between Bulgaria and our team is just too big".

Tomorrow (Saturday) what is foreseen as the most exciting match of the tournament is scheduled at 20.30. Hosting team Bulgaria is facing France and no more tickets are available. Bulgaria has a win-loss matches record of 20-13 against France, including the European Championship. However things have changed since the 2004 World League, with France having won six of the 11 contests including the last a 3-2 win at the 2010 World Championship.

The match will be anticipated at 17.30 by Egypt facing Pakistan.

 

 

LIVE SCOREBOX

No

Phase

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

1

A

08/06

17:30

14:30

EGY-FRA

1-3

Sofia

View

View

View

View

2

A

08/06

20:30

17:30

PAK-BUL

0-3

Sofia

View

View

View

View

3

A

09/06

17:30

14:30

EGY-PAK

View

Sofia

View

4

A

09/06

20:30

17:30

FRA-BUL

View

Sofia

View

5

A

10/06

17:30

14:30

PAK-FRA

View

Sofia

View

6

A

10/06

20:30

17:30

BUL-EGY

View

Sofia

View

 

 

Standing

 

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

BUL

Bulgaria

3

1

1

1

3

MAX

75

50

1.500

2

FRA

France

3

1

1

1

3

1

3.000

93

83

1.120

3

EGY

Egypt

1

1

1

1

3

0.333

83

93

0.892

4

PAK

Pakistan

1

1

1

3

50

75

0.667

 

Best scorers

 

Rank

Shirt

Name

Team

Spike

Block

Serve

Total

1

12

Ngapeth Earvin

FRA

18

18

2

4

Rouzier Antonin

FRA

10

1

2

13

13

Badawy Mohamed

EGY

13

13

4

15

Tuia Samuele

FRA

11

1

12

5

4

Abdelhay Ahmed

EGY

10

1

11

9

Atia Rashad

EGY

10

1

11

11

Nikolov Vladimir

BUL

9

1

1

11

8

1

Youssef Saleh

EGY

8

1

9

1

Trèfle José

FRA

6

3

9

7

Ismail Khan Muhammad

PAK

8

1

9

 

 

Highest Scorers day- by- day

18 – Earvin Ngapeth of France vs Egypt (08-6-12)

 

Top- Scoring Performances

18 – Earvin Ngapeth of France vs Egypt (08-6-12)

13 – Antoni Rouzier of France vs Egypt (08-6-12)

13 – Mohamed Badawy of Egypt vs France (08-6-12)

 

Top- Blocking Performances

5 – Viktor Yosifov of Bulgaria vs Pakistan (08-6-12)

3 – Abdellatif Ahmed of Egypt vs France (08-6-12)

3 – Jose Trefle of France vs Egypt (08-6-12)

 

Top-Serving Performances

2– Antonin Rouzier of France vs Egypt (08-6-12)

2 – Nikolay Nikolov of Bulgaria vs Pakistan (08-6-12)

 

 


Olympic Games Men’s Volleyball Qualified Teams

Hosts                                                 

Great Britain

2011 World Cup winner                         

Russia

2011 World Cup runners up                   

Poland

2011 World Cup third place                   

Brazil

Africa winner                                        

Tunisia

NORCECA winner                                   

USA

CEV winner                                          

Italy

CSV winner                                          

Argentina

AVC winner                                          

To be determined at joint World and AVC Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan from June 1-9

 

 

The last three vacancies will be filled at World Olympic Qualification Tournaments in Japan, Germany and Bulgaria* from June 1-9

 

 


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