Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 17, 2017 - Bulgaria outclassed the Dominican Republic 4-2 (12-15, 15-8, 15-11, 16-18, 15-11, 15-9) to earn the bronze medal of the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship here on Sunday at Arena Stozice and secure a European and especially Balkan domination of the podium.
With 16 points from Silvana Chausheva, 15 from Gergana Dimitrova and 13 from Miroslava Paskova, plus a wonderful performance from libero Zhana Todorova, Bulgaria proved no match on the net for the Dominicans, who relied too much on Gaila Gonzalez to bring in the points (18 in total for top scorer of the game).
All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested
: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.
It is Bulgaria's best finish in the history of the competition after 7th place two years ago in Ankara.Heroics from libero Zhana Todorova Sunday in Ljubljana as Bulgaria take bronze at the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Champioship.
It is also the first time that the Dominican Republic fail to make the podium, after silver in 2013 and bronze in 2015.
Things could have been a bit easier for Bulgaria, but a few too many unforced errors when they led 12-8 in the fourth allowed the 'Queens of the Caribbean' to turn it around, reach set point at 13-14 and tie the overall score at 2-2 after a total of five set points.Quick links - Volleyball:FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017
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