After Canada’s stunning victory yesterday over Brazil, Bulgaria was able dampen Canada’s enthusiastic start to Saturday’s Volleyball Nations League match, and win 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 29-27) in front of a delighted home crowd.
The upset result ended Bulgaria’s (4-7) three-match losing streak. It was a full team effort, but especially from Boyan Yordanov with 21 points as well as captain Viktor Yosifov (4 blocks) and Valentin Bratoev (12 points).
It was a costly defeat for Canada in the quest to make the VNL finals, as the team is 6-5 overall, sitting just outside of the top six.
Graham Vigrass (16 points) was a standout for Canada today, despite the lacklustre team performance. Stephen Maar and Gavin Schmitt contributed seven points each.
Bulgaria plays Brazil – winless so far in Varna – on Sunday.
Canada will have to re-group very quickly, as the team faces France, who has won nine out of its 11 VNL matches so far to sit atop the tournament rankings board.