For the first time, the Asian powerhouse fell into the hands of the European squad, Bulgaria during their match of the on-going FIVB World Grand Prix.

Emiliya Nikolova Bulgaria

The Bulgarians won in 3 straight sets,  (3-0), 25-23, 25-23, 31-29, against the very tough Japanese. It was actually a very exciting game wherein both teams were trying to outsmart the other.

Japan v Bulgaria Wgp13

The first two sets were stolen by the Bulgarians with their strong offense and defense above the net. During the 3rd set, I thought the Japanese would steal it when they tied at 24-24 . But the Bulgarians remained strong and sealed the match at 31-29. The Japanese were trying to extend another set but to no avail as Dobriana Rabadzhieva blasted a powerful spike.