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Incredible comeback against Cuba keeps Bulgaria on track

 
Bulgaria's Silvana Chausheva attacks past the Cuban block of Laura Suarez and Heidy Casanova at the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship in Ljubljana.
 
Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 12, 2017 - Bulgaria staged a remarkable comeback from three sets down here on Tuesday at Hala Tivoli to edge Cuba 4-3 (10-15, 12-15, 11-15, 15-10, 15-10, 15-11, 15-6) in an hour and 36 minutes, remain undefeated and stay on track in the race for a ticket to the semifinals of the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship.

Bulgaria are now 3-0, though they've dropped a point and trail Brazil in the standings of Pool B. Cuba remain winless after three matches.

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.


Captain Gergana Dimitrova celebrates wildly as Bulgaria turn the game against Cuba in Ljubljana.

Cuba put up an impenetrable block to stop Bulgaria for three sets. But Mirela Shahpazova got her spot in the starting lineup from the fourth instead of Polina Neykova and the Balkan side somehow found their way around it, applied pressure from the service line, defended extraordinarily and tied the game at 3-3.

The seventh was a walkover, as Bulgaria flew to a 5-0 lead and extended the lead to 8-2 as the teams switched courts.

Silvana Chausheva with 18 points and Miroslava Paskova with 16 led the Bulgarian onslaught.

Ailama Cese and Heidy Casanova each scored 15 for Cuba.

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