Bulgaria see off Colombia in straight sets


Ankara, Turkey, August 13, 2015 – Bulgaria downed Colombia 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 30-28) to secure their first win at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship in Ankara (Turkey) on Thursday afternoon. Colombia showed their huge potential but eventually couldn’t stop Bulgaria’s strong offense. 

Silvana Chausheva led the winners with 17 points, including three aces. Amanda helped the Colombian side with 17 kills. 

The winners held the margin in blocks 10-6 and were better from the service line with an 8-3 difference in aces.

11-18 down in the first set, the young Colombian ladies made a spectacular comeback to reduce the margin to one point at 20-21. However, it was not good enough to turn the tables. The team of coach Atanas Lazarov kept cool to cruise to a hard-earned 25-22 set win. Chausheva was the key player for Bulgaria in the first set, chipping in eight points. 

There was still not much to separate the two teams early in the second set. Colombia led 8-5 at the first technical timeout before the Bulgarian side bounced back strongly to make it 16-11. A Colombian service mistake eventually offered Bulgaria a merited 2-0 set lead. 

Three set balls in the third period were not enough for Colombia to win their first set at this year’s Women’s U23 World Championship. Bulgaria bounced back strongly to close out the third set 30-28 and the match 3-0 in their favour. 


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