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Overview

Bulgaria and Finland lock horns in a direct battle for a spot in the next stage of the competition. The eventual winners of this matchup will make it to the 8th Finals and play against one of the  teams from Pool C in Budapest.

Pool A Preview

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Starting Team

Squad Listing

C 16

VASILEVA Elitsa

Outside spiker

1

DIMITROVA Gergana

Outside spiker

2

DIMITROVA Nasya

Middle blocker

3

PETROVA Kristiana

Libero

6

PASKOVA Miroslava

Outside spiker

7

KITIPOVA Lora

Setter

8

BARAKOVA Petya

Setter

10

TODOROVA Mira

Middle blocker

12

KARAKASHEVA Mariya

Outside spiker

14

MILANOVA Aleksandra

Outside spiker

15

TODOROVA Zhana

Libero

17

BECHEVA Elena

Outside spiker

20

KRIVOSHIISKA Mariya

Middle blocker

23

RACHKOVSKA Vangeliya

Outside spiker

43186

PETKOV Ivan

Head Coach

Player profile

PETKOV Ivan

Head Coach

61219

DIMITROV Denislav Mitkov

Assistant Coach 2

Player profile

DIMITROV Denislav Mitkov

Assistant Coach 2

65808

LAZAROV Lazar

Assistant Coach

Player profile

LAZAROV Lazar

Assistant Coach

Team Statistics

BULGARIA

Overview

FINLAND

Player Statistics

Match Report

Bulgaria top Finland to secure spot in 8th Finals

Article

Bulgaria secured their second straight victory in Pool A and as a result, their progression to the next round as well after finishing the pool phase in third place.

The ‘Lionesses’ started the tournament with three losses in a row – but they managed to change the course of their campaign courtesy of their victories over Greece and Finland.

While making their first appearance at EuroVolley in 30 years, Finland could not make it through the first phase as they finish fifth in Pool A with a 1-4 win-loss record.

Interestingly, all of the starting players of Bulgaria scored at least six points, with middle blocker Nasya Dimitrova topping the charts with 11.

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The match in numbers

100
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

71
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

350
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

218
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

63%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

13-4
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of BULGARIA compared to FINLAND.

4-3
Ace Count

BULGARIA number of service aces compared to FINLAND

27-35
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of BULGARIA, next to those from FINLAND

Day 7 Recap

Play

“Normally, it is not easy to finish third at this stage with two wins only. However, thanks to the other results in the group, we were able to avoid the match with the team finishing first in Pool C, the Netherlands. I hope that we will use this opportunity and return to Ankara again. After learning the name of our next opponent tonight, we will start our preparations and hopefully return from Budapest with a good result.”

Elitsa Vasileva
Captain of Bulgaria

Laura Pihlajamäki, captain of Finland: “I am really happy with the way we fought here. We enjoyed every match. Of course, we wanted to win this game and go further but it is okay. Bulgaria is a top team and today we could not put up a fight against them. Now we are disappointed because of this but overall I can say I am happy about this tournament and satisfied with how we fought against such strong teams.

We are not the tallest or the most famous players of this tournament but we are really hard-workers and we fight for every ball, we defended really hard and we never gave up. I hope everybody saw this and we keep on doing that so we will be here also next time.”