After fans enjoyed an awesome first day of competition on Sunday, expectations in London were higher for the following matches and, as usual, our FIVB Heroes didn’t disappoint them. The first duel of the day was the most surprising as Bulgaria, led by Olympic FIVB Hero Tsvetan Sokolov, beat Poland, one of the favorite teams. Sokolov was unstoppable and the best scorer with 28 points leading his team to a 3-1 victory (25-22, 29-27, 13-25, 25-23) and to the top of the pool. Despite the loss, Zibi Bartman and Olympic FIVB Hero Bartosz Kurek were the best players of Poland with 21 and 20 points respectively but it wasn’t enough against the impressive performance by Bulgaria.
The second match saw Italy recover following the defeat by Poland on Sunday. Olympic FIVB Hero Cristian Savani and Simone Parodi faced Facundo Conte and teammates who, although looking like they could recover after winning the second set, were unable to prevent the loss. It was 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23) for the Italians with Parodi as the second best scorer while for Argentina Conte was the leader with 14 points.
The host Great Britain played the last encounter of Tuesday and had no chances against the Australians who recorded a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-20) victory with Olympic FIVB Hero Igor Yudin as one of the key players. Yudin scored 10 points to help his team bounce back from the previous loss against Argentina.
With these results, Bulgaria is on top of Pool A followed by Argentina, Poland, Australia and Italy, who are all even, and Great Britain who remain winless.
Next Thursday, the matches will be Australia vs. Bulgaria, Poland vs. Argentina and Great Britain vs. Italy.