VNL: Bulgaria stunned Canada in first victory

Canada vs Bulgaria in VNL Week 2 in Manila.

Canada vs Bulgaria in VNL Week 2 in Manila. Contribute photo

MANILA, Philippines – Bulgaria stunned Canada 26-24, 25-22, 25-21 in their first win of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Week 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

Opposing spokesperson Maria Yordanva finished the Bulgarian skid with 15 points and nine digs, losing three-set back-to-back matches to defending champions United States and undefeated leader Japan.

“We were ready for this game. We focused on these games against Canada and Belgium. So tomorrow, I hope we can win again, “said Yordanova. “Every game is important. We will fight and we will see what happens, “he added.

Miroslava Paskova also took a step forward with 14 points, eight receptions and eight digs. Fellow outside hitter Silvana Chauseva scored 12 points, while middle blocker Nasya Dimitrova added 11 points with three blocks.

Its Laura Kitipova spread the offensive load as Bulgaria improved to 13th place with a 2-5 record, keeping alive hopes of reaching next month’s final in Ankara, where the top seven teams and host Turkey will play July 13-17. , And more importantly, avoid deportation.

The Bulgarian captain insisted on a good performance in the third and final week at home in Sofia, in addition to their last Philippine match against Belgium at 11am on Sunday.

“If we win against Belgium and the Dominican Republic (June 29 in Sofia), we will be in VNL and we will not go to the challenge tournament. Our goal is to play again in VNL next year, “said Kitipova.

The last-placed team in the VNL will play in the Challenger Cup in Zadar, Croatia on July 28-31.

Meanwhile, Kiera van Rijk has distributed 20 points, including three aces, and collected eight digs. Emily Maglio also contributed 13 points, as Alexa Gray added just 10 for the Canadians to win one match in their four Quiz City games.

In 10th place Canada dropped to 3-5. Van Ryck says his team will reunite to return to the final leg at home in Calgary.

“Personally it was really up and down,” Van Ryk said. “As a team, we could always be stable. When we played Belgium, we played at our level, we played our volleyball and we played really well. In our other matches we were really up and down.

Van Reich was optimistic about the possibility of reaching the final round in Ankara.

“It simply came to our notice then. We will continue to fight. I don’t know the numbers, I don’t know how to do it, maybe we have to win the game, “he added. “We will play one by one. Get well and go home and be stronger when you return to Canada. ”

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