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Bulgaria break into win column and snap USA winning streak; Russia and Argentina earn double victories

 
Bulgaria rejoice after their 3-2 defeat of USA, earning their first victory of the season
 

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 21, 2014 – Bulgaria finally broke into the win column in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League in a hard-fought five-set match (26-24, 25-17, 14-25, 13-25, 15-12), ending the winning streak of USA in front of their home fans at Sears Centre, while Russia and Argentina continue their positive runs with double victories on the fifth week of competition on Saturday.

Bulgaria felt a sigh of relief after they had seven opportunities to produce a victory in the course of playing the toughest group of opponents in the World League – defending champions Russia, USA and Serbia – after their 3-2 win against USA.

“I am happy with this first victory because we were coming from seven consecutive defeats and it was important for the morale of our team,“ Bulgaria coach Camillo Placi said. “This win will give us fuel and enthusiasm for the rest of World League."

Meanwhile, Russia and Argentina continued to display their top form after earning two victories in the fifth week of play.

Russian top-gunners Dmitriy Muserskiy, Nikolay Pavlov and Sergey Savin, produced solid performances for the Russian team’s double 3-0 wins over Serbia. Russia needed these victories after their disappointing start of four straight losses.

“This victory was necessary,” Russia captain Sergey Makarov said. “It proves that we worked very well and that we are heading to the right direction.”

Serbia are now on a skid with four straight losses. The last time Serbia suffered four defeats in a row in a single World League campaign was in 1998, when they lost their first four matches of the season as Yugoslavia.

Argentina, on the other hand, also scored double straight-set victories over home team Germany on a balanced distribution of offence – characteristically showing the style of Julio Velasco’s plays. The victories brought Argentina in a good position to face pool leaders France, who just scored a victory in straight sets over Japan.

“Compared to yesterday, my team showed a better performance in all aspects of the game,” coach Velasco said. “We will try to beat France next week to reach the first place in the pool, but France are the best team in our group.”

France showed its usual dominance on court carrying an 8-1 record to foil another attempt by the Japanese squad to earn its first win this season. Antonin Rouzier once again figured in the victory of the Frenchmen.

In Pool E, Czech Republic escaped with a 3-2 win over hosts Korea in Suwon. Both teams came out with alternate set victories until the Czech team finally broke free on the final set with a 15-11 scoreline. Meanwhile, Netherlands drew first blood with a straight sets win over Portugal as the hosts struggled to display good volleyball in front of their home fans in Matoshinhos.


LIVE SCORING - WEEK 5

 

Match
No
PoolDateLocal
Time
GMT
Time
TeamsLive Score
Result
CityDescriptionPress
Conf.
StatsPhotos
G1-27B20/0618:0012:00RUS-SRB3-0SurgutViewViewViewView
G1-28A20/0618:3014:00IRI-ITA3-0TehranViewViewViewView
G1-29A20/0619:3017:30POL-BRA3-1KrakowViewViewViewView
G2-41C20/0620:0018:00BEL-FIN3-1AntwerpViewViewViewView
G2-42D20/0620:0018:00GER-ARG0-3BerlinViewViewViewView
G1-30B20/0619:0000:00*USA-BUL3-1Hoffman EstatesViewViewViewView
G2-43C20/0619:1001:00*CAN-AUS2-3EdmontonViewViewViewView
G2-44D21/0614:0005:00JPN-FRA0-3KyotoViewViewViewView
G2-45E21/0614:0205:00KOR-CZE2-3SuwonViewViewViewView
G1-31B21/0618:0012:00RUS-SRB3-0SurgutViewViewViewView
G2-46E21/0615:0014:00POR-NED0-3MatosinhosViewViewViewView
G2-47D21/0618:0016:00GER-ARG0-3BerlinViewViewViewView
G1-32B21/0619:0000:00*USA-BUL2-3Hoffman EstatesViewViewViewView
G2-48C21/0619:1001:00*CAN-AUS3-1EdmontonViewViewViewView
G2-49D22/0613:0004:00JPN-FRA1-3KyotoViewViewViewView
G2-50E22/0614:0205:00KOR-CZE3-0SuwonViewViewViewView
G1-33A22/0618:3014:00IRI-ITAViewTehranView
G2-51C22/0616:0014:00BEL-FINViewKortijkView
G2-52E22/0615:0014:00POR-NEDViewMatosinhosView
G1-34A22/0619:3017:30POL-BRAViewBydgoszczView


Legend :  * + 1 day


Standings

Pool A

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1ITAItaly1996324 11121131.6157837661.022
2POLPoland11743121 2114131.0776376211.026
3IRIIran107342 12 213140.9295965970.998
4BRABrazil89361 213214220.6368098410.962

Pool B

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1USAUSA198712231  23112.0917836961.125
2RUSRussia148444  21117121.4176586381.031
3SRBSerbia118441121 314170.8246816940.981
4BULBulgaria4817  12239230.3916437370.872

Pool C

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1BELBelgium1675214 1 117101.7006365961.067
2CANCanada1485321212 19141.3577497221.037
3AUSAustralia8835 1213114200.7007667900.970
4FINFinland7725 1122112180.6676446870.937

Pool D

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1FRAFrance261091621 1 2874.0008367281.148
2ARGArgentina23107352 2 125112.2738387661.094
3GERGermany101046112 1513230.5658018260.970
4JPNJapan110 10   1365300.1677048590.820

Pool E

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1NEDNetherlands1475221211 18111.6366466031.071
2PORPortugal127431211 214131.0775885890.998
3CZECzech Republic108441 312116180.8897447600.979
4KORKorea982611 31213190.6847147400.965

Pool F

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1CUBCuba1565132  1 1653.2005164801.075
2TURTurkey1364213 11 1591.6675855391.085
3MEXMexico66241 11 38140.5714905190.944
4TUNTunisia2615  1 326170.3534865390.902

Pool G

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1CHNChina14651311  11562.5005074641.093
2SVKSlovakia1163312 21 14111.2735575531.007
3ESPSpain6624  221111160.6885856050.967
4PURPuerto Rico5624  21129160.5635415680.952



FIVB World League 2014 Performances

Top Scoring Performances
32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8)
32 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Belgium (June 8)
28 – Michal Winiarski of Poland v Italy (June 13)
28 – Jeon Kwang-In of Korea v Czech Republic (June 5)
28 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Finland (June 1)
28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan (May 24)
28 – Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)

Top Blocking Performances
8 – Gil Marcel Keller of Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
8 – Nicolas Le Goff of France v Japan (May 31)
8 – Matteo Piano of Italy v Brazil (May 24)
8 – Jorge Fernandez Valcarel (June 15)
6 – Michal Krisko of Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
6 – Artem Volvich of Russia v Serbia (May 30)
6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v Finland (June 14)
6 – Viktor Yosihof of Bulgaria v Russia (June 15)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
18 – USA v Serbia (June 14)
18 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
17 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
17 – Canada v Australia (June 20)
17 – Spain v Slovakia (June 15)
17 – Turkey v Tunisia (June 8)
17 – France v Argentina (May 24)
16 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
16 – Spain v Puerto Rico (June 8)
16 – Italy v Poland (June 8)
16 – Turkey v Mexico (June 7)
16 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 5)
16 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)

Top Serving Performances
6 – Nimir Abdel-Aziz (Netherlands) v Portugal (June 21)
6 – Alexandre Ferreira (Portugal) v Czech Republic (May 31)
5 – Valdir Sequeira (Portugal) v Netherlands (June 21)
5 – Luiz Felipe Fonteles (Brazil) v Poland (May 29)
5 – Dick Kooy (Netherlands) v Korea (May 31)
5 – Nicolas Marechal (France) v Germany (June 15)

Top Serving Performances by Team
12 – Netherlands v Portugal (June 21)
11 – USA v Bulgaria (June 20)
11 – Bulgaria v Serbia (June 8)
11 – France v Germany (June 15)
10 – Germany v Japan (May 24)
10 – Finland v Australia (June 15)
9 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
9 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 7)
9 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)
9 – Serbia v Russia (May 30)

Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan; Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
Week 2: 28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
Week 3: 32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8); Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
Week 4: 32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
Week 5: 31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Germany v Japan, 27-29 (May 24)
Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 29-27 (May 29)
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea, 31-33 (June 5); Turkey v Cuba, 31-33 (June 6); Belgium v Canada, 33-31 (June 8)
Week 4: USA v Serbia (June 13), China v Puerto Rico (June 15) 30-28
Week 5: Russia v Serbia (June 20) 37-35

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Germany v Japan (May 24) (25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 23-25, 15-9) – 222 points
Week 2: Canada v Finland (June 1) (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15, 11) – 207 points
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea (June 5) (31-33, 25-19, 26-24, 26-28, 20-18) – 250 points
Week 4: Poland v Italy (June 13) (25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-10) – 225 points
Week 5: Australia v Canada (June 20) (25-27, 20-25, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) – 225 points

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