Bulgaria started in a perfect way in the competition, as in the opening match of #EuroVolleyW, disappointed the team of Greece at 3-0. Considered pool favourites together with Poland, Bulgaria aim high at this edition of Europe’s most elite competition, and will for sure look for a clear win over the Spanish players.
Both teams have recently each other play, at the Golden #EuroLeagueW Final Four, but didn’t lock horns in the semifinals. Bulgaria grabbed the Gold, while Spain fought hard against the Czech Republic and claimed the bronze.
On Saturday, Bulgaria will count on the support of their loyal fans in sports hall “Kolodruma”, Plovdiv.
First RefereeSiarhei VAITSIAKHOVICHBLRSecond RefereeDaniël JETTKANDTNED
Kolodruma is the biggest multifunctional complex in Plovdiv, famous with modern architecture and impressive atmosphere. The hall is unique not only being the only covered Olympic-sized cycling track in the Balkans, but also for being able to host 22 sports at the highest level. Kolodruma has also a hall for warm up trainings, press center, locker rooms, coach rooms, LED screens, underground and grand parking for 438 cars. The Arena is connected to four boulevards so getting there is easy. Capacity: 6100
How To Attend
Naycho Tsanov Blvd., PLOVDIV, 4000 Capacity: 6100
City bus lines that have stops near the arena: 4, 10, 17, 99 PLOVDIV AIRPORT – distance to the hall is 12.2 km, cca. 15 min by car. There’s no public transportation from the airport. SOFIA AIRPORT – distance to the hall by car using highway A1 is 151 km and takes around 1 hour 40 minutes. Get directions
Gergana Dimitrova was born on 28th February 1996 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She started to practice tennis, but decided that individual sports are not for her, and she chose volleyball. She has won the championships in Romania, Bulgaria and Switzerland. She is part of the national team more than 10 years and in her free time likes to relax on the beach.
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Ace making friends in Bulgaria
Bulgaria entering the court
Ana Escamila of Spain flying high
Battle on the net
Bulgaria celebrating a point
Sports hall Kolodruma
Spain team huddle
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Bulgaria maintains perfect record after a short work of Spain
Bulgaria maintained a perfect record in Pool B after a routine 3-0 win in less than half an hour over Spain in its second match of EuroVolley 2021 Women. And while The Lionesses bolstered their chances to progress to the Round of 16 Spain is still winless after two rounds of play.
● Bulgaria jumped to a 7-3 lead in the first set aided by a couple of timely video challenges by head coach Ivan Petkov and opponents errors. Spain never came closer than two points and on the strength of excellent serving by Elitsa Vasileva and Eva Yaneva (playing for the national team after a four-year absence) The Lionesses managed a whopping 8 break points winning the set in just 21 minutes making it the most lopsided in Pool B so far. Bulgarians had an amazing 67% success rate in attack compared to just 28% for the Spaniards.
● Head coach Pascual Saurin tried to turn things around Elia Rodriguez started as a setter for Spain in set 2 replacing Maria Alvarez but to no avail. Bulgaria once again led from start to finish. Despite the dip in form midway through the set, which allowed Spain to cut the deficit to just two points, the home team prevailed once again.
● In the third set Bulgarian head coach Ivan Petkov almost emptied the bench playing mainly backups. That didn’t change much on the court as aces by Yaneva, Gergana Dimitrova and Emiliya Dimitrova gave the home team a five-point lead. And after missing its first two match points Bulgaria got a huge spike from Hristina Vuchkova to close out the win.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of BULGARIA compared to SPAIN.
BULGARIA number of service aces compared to SPAIN
Errors leading to points of BULGARIA, next to those from SPAIN
“It’s important for us to win every match. To give our best as a team. There’s no difference who is our opponent. We respect every team. For every match we prepare as for a final. Spain is a well-organized team with quality players. But they are not that experienced and it was a big disadvantage for them. We had our difficult moments but that’s unavoidable.”
Head Coach, Bulgaria
“We expected more resistance from Spain but it’s nice to finish with an easy win. We were fresher and played with fewer mistakes. Regarding the dip in concentration it’s our fault as Spain dragged our level down. For the match against Germany our goal is to win convincingly.”
Outside spiker, Bulgaria
"I am very happy not only for the win but also for the good job done today. It's an important step for getting closer to the next stage. To be back on the court and on home soil made me feel really excited. Our fans are just incredible. Hopefully, we will keep on with the same winning energy against Germany tomorrow."
Outside spiker, Bulgaria
Maria Segura Palleres
"We made a lot of mistakes today which are not usual. We were not focused enough especially in the first two sets. Fortunately, we managed to deliver a bit better in the third one. Still, such matches are very useful for the improvement of our young team."