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BUL W: Bulgaria and France cash speedy wins at third-round qualifier in Gabrovo

by WoV
source: cev.lu

France and Bulgaria opened their campaign at “Orlovets” hall in Gabrovo, venue of a third-qualification round distributing two spots for the finals of the 2012 CEV Junior Volleyball European Championship – Women, with a couple of wins to re-assert their intention to join the starting field of the tournament taking place this coming August in Ankara, Turkey.


Bulgaria – team

France edged Croatia 3:1 (25-19, 25-21, 16-25, and 25-19) in the opening match; the first couple of sets were hardly contested but only up to the second technical time-out where France always changed gear to claim a provisional 2:0 lead. Croatia stepped up in set 3 with good blocks and some intelligent combinations in offense that surprised France’s defense line to cut the gap and call for the fourth set where France re-established its supremacy to cash its first match ball after 105 minutes of play.

The hosts of Bulgaria did not have any problem to rout Finland in straight sets (25-21, 25-16, and 25-14) anchored by their wing spiker Gergana Dimitrova who scored 22 points all alone.

On Friday France will open the daily program by playing Finland while Bulgaria will take on Croatia later in the afternoon.  

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