Russia and Bulgaria seek to end winless streak in World League
Bulgarian Todor Skrimov discusses game tactics with coach Camillo Placi|
Russia, June 11, 2014 – Russia and Bulgaria are seeking their first victory on
the fourth week of the FIVB Volleyball World League to revive their season
campaigns in pool B at the DS Energetik on Friday and Saturday.
of the young players who represented the Russian side on the third week in Long
Beach, USA ended in vain. Injuries and
exhaustion of the team's main players after the Russian club championship
had forced coaches to make changes before the competition.
Bulgaria managed to slightly improve their game last weekend to take the third
spot in their pool. Both teams, however, are facing an emergency and cannot
afford to lose more points in the matches ahead.
encounters in the World League, Russia have the edge over Bulgaria. Russia
won three of their four meetings with Bulgaria in 2011.
fans have greater expectations for their home team and hope that home
court advantage will help them to earn their first World League victory this season.
Olympic champions Dimitriy Muserskiy, Nikolay Apalikov and Dimitry Ilinykh, as
well as their highly-experienced team-mates Alexey Verbov, Alexey Spridonov and
Sergey Makarov, will join the team on Saturday night to put pressure on the
Camillo Placi stays optimistic even though Bulgaria will be without the services of
twins Georgi and Valentin Bratoev, and Nikolay Nikolov.
going to Russia with one thought - to show a good game,” coach Placi said. “We
have our little problems but we try to resolve them in the course of the
competition. We have made rotations in the team composition and now some of our
younger players will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience. This
is a great feeling - to see how debutants fit into an established team.”