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Varna, Bulgaria, July 5, 2015 - Argentina prevailed 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 25-28) over Bulgaria dropping one set after losing five point advantage in the late stage and therefore qualified for the Final Four of the FIVB World League Group 2 together with the host team of Bulgaria. The light blue — white team will face France — undefeated in the 12 matches of the Preliminary Round next Friday noon time in the first match of that Round. Top scorer of the match was the Argentine Facundo Conte with 19 rallies while Vladimir Nikolov scored 11 for the home team.

Argentina closed the Preliminary Round with an outstanding performance winning 7 of the 12 matches played, even winning at least one match every weekend at home and as visiting team. The result of the Final Four will qualify for the Final Six FIVB World League 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

Bulgaria started furious into the match winning five points and taking the first technical timeout following an ace from Svetoslav Gotsev. Argentina decided not to give up and found themselves 11-10 ahead using attacking skills of Jose Luis Gonzalez. The visiting team raced off into the 16-12 lead at the second technical timeout and managed to keep a comfortably advantage to finish off the set 25-19.

Sebastian Sole gave Argentina a flying 2-0 start into the second set, but the hosts tied the scores at 6 all and even if Argentina quickly regained the lead, they did not manage to build up a significant margin. As an Maximiliano Gauna ace put them 17-14 ahead, Bulgaria coach Plamen Konstantinov called the timeout to inspire his payers. This did not worked well as Argentina pulled away to 21-16, but lost this advantage at 22-22. An attacking power from Vladimir Nikolov and a kill block from Lubomir Agontsev paved the way for Bulgaria's triumph 26-24.

Set three and four started well for Argentina who managed to establish an early lead maintaining it to close the sets, 25-17 and 25-18 respectively.


. Argentina can draw level on points with Bulgaria but their prospective 6-6 record would still trail the Bulgarians, who are 8-3 going into this match.

· Bulgaria have won 15 of their 19 matches against Argentina in the World League.

· Argentina claimed their fourth win in their encounter on 21 June, a 3-0 win.

· Both teams had four players scoring 10+ points in Bulgaria's 3-2 win on 20 June.

· Bulgaria claimed their fifth 3-0 win against Argentina on Saturday, after having lost the previous encounter 3-0.


· Bulgaria can win four matches in a row for the second time in this year's World League.

· They can claim their ninth win this season, their most since nine in 2012.

· Bulgaria handed 26 points from errors to Argentina (67 points in total) in their 3-0 win on Saturday.


· Argentina have only lost two of their last six matches, both against Bulgaria.

· They can lose back-to-back matches for the second time this season.

· Sebastian Sole's 10 points against Bulgaria on Saturday was the fewest for a top scoring Argentina player in a single match this season.