VNL: Belgium blows lead, regains Bulgaria defeat in thriller

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Belgium are celebrating a thrilling victory over Bulgaria in the Volleyball Nations League at the Arneta Coliseum. FIVB photo

MANILA, Philippines – Brit Herbots exploded with 26 points as Belgium survived Bulgaria in a thrilling five-set doubles on Sunday 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 20-25, 17-15 to end its 2 weeks Smart Araneta The duration of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) at the Coliseum.

Belgium flirted with the catastrophe after blowing a 2-0 lead which allowed Bulgaria to force a decisive one, with Miroslava Paskova giving the latter a 5-2 advantage.

Herbots came to the defense in the fifth set as mid-blocker Silke Van Evermet nailed a big block to win the match point 14-12. However, a service error in Belgium and Maria Yordanva and Silvana Chauseva pushed Bulgaria one point away from match theft.

The 22-year-old outsider splits two consecutive clutches for Belgium, before Pauline Martin delivers a match-clinching spike that destroys Bulgaria’s net defense to end the 11th-ranked Quiz City leg and record 3-5.

“We know Bulgaria is a tough team they have good attackers, they dig a lot. The fifth set was really tough because we were down too, but we came back. I’m very happy I am very proud, “said Herbots, who had 23 attacks and three blocks, 12 digs and seven receptions.

Herbots, who is currently the league’s top scorer with 194 points, offered their win to team captain Celine Van Gastel after she sprained her right ankle in the second set.

“I think we got off to a really good start in the first two sets and then we got into a bit more trouble. We lost a key player and the win is for him,” said a member of the Farenz club in the Italian Serie A league. .

Van Evermet also stepped up 13 points with nine strikeouts, three blocks and an ace, while Marlis Jansens added 10 markers before heading to Calgary Canada 3 weeks ago.

Bulgaria dropped to 14th place with a 2-6 record. Jordanva was ahead with 19 points. Chausheva chipped in 14 points. Nasya Dimitrova also finished with nine kill blocks and five attacks with 14, with Paskova and Mira Todorova adding 13 and 11 markers, respectively.

The Bulgarians will return home to 3 week host Sofia, where they will try to avoid deportation.

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