Belgrade, Serbia, June 24, 2016 - Serbia had a tough battle with Balkan neighbour Bulgaria, but managed a 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23) to stay unbeaten and to keep the opponents winless so far in this edition of the FIVB Volleyball World League. Uros Kovacevic made the greatest point contribution to the victory with 1 ace, 14 spikes and 3 blocks.
However, it was Bulgaria's opposite Tsvetan Sokolov who was the best scorer of the match with 2 aces and 19 spikes for an overall 21 points on his tally.
This was the ninth win for Serbia (including Serbia and Montenegro) against Bulgaria in their 13 World League matches so far.
Kovacevic was really on fire in the first set and Serbia dominated on the court for an impressive 25-18.
To his six points in the first part, he added another 7 in the second, but now Sokolov was difficult to stop both at the net and from the serving line and scored 8 times in the set. His teammate Svetoslav Gotsev also showed complexity on the court and contributed 5 points to Bulgaria's 25-21 win.
Todor Skrimov joined in to ace twice and spike successfully four time to keep Bulgaria in contention in the third set, but now Drazen Luburic was showing a great effort on the other side to lead Serbia to a 25-19 win.
Set 4 was the most balanced one, with Bulgaria leading the way most of the time. Sokolov put his power spikes on display and the Lions could already see themselves with their first point of the season, when it was Srecko Lisinac's turn to serve. he gave the Bulgarians a lot of hard time and managed to turn things around. Bulgaria managed to save the first two of the three consecutive match points for Serbia, but the third one was converted for a 25-23 in the set and 3-1 in the match.