Short characterization

BULGARIA

 

STARTING PLAYERS / SUBSTITUTES

RANKING 2000 - 2008

OG   2000

-

WL   2001

-

WCh 2002

13

WC   2003

-

OG   2004

-

WL   2005

5

WCh 2006

3

WC   2007

3

OG   2008

5

 

BUL started the tournament with two victories against CHN (3:1) and Japan (3:1), but later, during the course of the tournament, they could not beat the other European teams from ITA (0:3) and RUS (1:3) - who were also considered as favourites - and therefore came in on position 5 in the end.

 

Team in general

·         Team formation – good mixture of older, experienced players (6 > 30 years) and players of medium age (24-26 years); with No 3 Zhekov, they have an outstanding setter who is also positioned very well in scoring elements (block/serve).

·         They prefer playing via outside positions and backcourt pos. 1 – offense mainly rests on the shoulders (> 55 %) of players No 6 Kaziyski and No 11 Nikolov.

·         Few first-tempo attacks and backcourt 6 (Pipe) – predictable distribution of balls – all in all, strengths in scoring elements.

 

Serve

·         Very good capacity to vary jump serves (regarding: power, spin and placing) – 3 players in the ranking list of the best 10 players (Kaziyski, Zhekov and Nikolov)!

·         As a team, they are on position 4 with only 1.04 points a set.

 

Reception

·         Instable reception with high failure rate (>10 %); often, libero No 13 Salparov takes over from 3-player formation in case of a jump serve and also from a 2-player formation in case of a floater.

 

Set / Attack Complex 1 and Complex 2

·         Technically skilled and precise setting from No 3 Zhekov for the main attackers Nikolov and Kaziyski – varies the speed of setting to outside positions well – likes playing fast combination backset!

·         Attack in complex I: Predictable distribution of balls is compensated for with precise and variable speed of setting as well as the attackers (Kaziyski and Nikolov) individual quality of playing. First-tempo attacks mostly after perfect reception!   

Attack in complex II: Strong emphasis on outside attack and backcourt attack pos. 4/1 via  No 6 Kaziyski and No 11 Nikolov (TOP scorer position 5 and 7)!

 

Block / Defence

·         Always maintain their special positions in block; in defence, the middle blocker, like the outside attackers, usually go to pos. 6 during backcourt attack (pipe) – they also vary between libero and outside attackers!   

·         Fourth best team with 2.96 avg points by set – setter No 3 Zhekov on position 5 in the ranking list of the best block players (0.7 avg by set).

·         Libero No 13 Salparov with 2.6 avg by set of blocked balls on position 3 in the ranking list of the best diggers – setter No 3 Zhekov (1.7 avg by set) on position 10.