Gergana Dimitrova (#1) finished as a top scorer with 18 points for Bulgaria against Japan.
Ruse, Bulgaria, May 21, 2019 – Bulgaria came up short against Japan in its first ever FIVB Volleyball Nations League match. With only two days of training in full strength, the Lionesses lost 1-3 (23-25, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25) in Pool 2 in Ruse.
Ivan Petkov, head coach of Bulgaria: "We made many more unforced errors than Japan which proved costly in the deciding moments. We played well until the 20th point and then crumbled. But we are a young team and need time to build experience, confidence and a winning mentality. This is why we play in VNL."
Gergana Dimitrova, player of Bulgaria: "We controlled not only the fourth set but the first as well. But after the 20th point we became impatient, started making too many errors. We were either indecisive or too aggressive. We need to find the right balance. We just need a little more time to become more cohesive as a team."
Yuki Ishii, player of Japan: "It was a tough match but I’m happy with the result and the three points. My performance wasn’t the key to success. The team got the win. We played united and everyone gave its best. Our next opponent USA is a strong team and I expect a tough match."