Bulgarian players will continue their preparations for the upcoming European Championship in Poland and Denmark, as next week they will participate in a friendly tournament in Slovenia, where they will play against the hosts, Canada and Denmark.
The match started well for the Bulgarians, who led 4-2 after a strong attack in the center of Viktor Yosifov. After the counter attack of Tsvetan Sokolov it was 9-6. The difference increased to 17-10 after ace from Viktor Yosifov to 19-11. Despite the efforts of the French, Bulgaria quietly won the set with 25-15 after a great single block from Aleksiev.
First technical break in the second set came with a score 8:5 for “roosters” after the attack in out of Teodor Todorov. Both teams remain equal, but Laurent Tillie’s team slightly increased their lead to 16-11 after a mistake in attack from Todorov. There was an excellent single blocking by Ngapet against Danail Milushev and it was 17-11. Despite the efforts of Bulgaria, France maintained their lead and took the set with 25-16 after two aces from Kèvin Tillie.
The third set also started well for the French team, who led 5-3 after an error on the net by Teodor Todorov. Bulgaria led 7-5 and 11-6 when Laurent Tillie had to call for time-out. Gradually, France erased the gap until they managed to equalize at 15-15 after Rouzier’s block. Once again, both teams went completely equal to 21-20. Despite the time-out by Camillo Placi, Rouzier realized counter for 23-21. Ultimately, France won the set with less errors, 25-23.
France continued its good play in the fourth set and led, first with 4-2 and then 8-6 after another error from service by Georgi Bratoev. The difference increased slightly at 10-7 after the second ace of French setter Rafael Redwitz. On the second technical break “roosters” led 16-10. Bulgarians gradually reduced the gap to 17-15 after the excellent block of Tsvetan Sokolov, who returned to play. France immediately regained the lead at 20-15 after a successful attack by Sidibé and after a service error by Sokolov, French team won the match.
Sokolov scored 12 points for Bulgaria, while the best in the French team was Rouzier with the same number of points.
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