Varna, Bulgaria, 10 Jun, 2017 – Canada’s John Gordon Perrin
scored 24 points, 21 of them in attach in his team’s exciting 3-1 (27-25, 30-28, 21-25, 25-23) win over Bulgaria on Saturday.
Gordon’s teammate, Graham Vigrass
, recorded 7 successful blocks and 17 points in total, while on the other side of the net Tsvetan Sokolov
finished the night with 18 points. Quick links - Volleyball:
Match Centre: Canada v. Bulgaria
FIVB Volleyball World League 2017
FIVB Volleyball World League 2017 - Schedule
FIVB Volleyball World League 2017 - Teams
FIVB Volleyball World League 2017 - Media Guide
FIVB.com - Volleyball
The captain of Canada John Gordon Perrin was absolutely unstoppable in the opening set and contributed some great attacks against the huge triple Bulgarian block. The guests had crucial advantage at 23-20 but with good serve and blocking the Bulgarian Lions scored four points in a row to make it 24-23. In the next minutes Canadians continued to play really well in attack and through a powerful block by Graham Vigrass they won the opening set by 27-25.
A clinical spike on the line against triple block by Nikolay Penchev made it 21-20 in the second set but in the end John Gordon Perrin was the player who made the difference. The both teams played point by point and Perrin was the preferred choice for the setter Tyler Sanders. After two perfect spikes in a row and powerful ace by the captain, Canada won it by 30-28.
Canada continued to play really well in the beginning of the third set and led by two points at 12-10. The golden Bulgarian substitution Rozalin Penchev delivered some great serves and with good blocking the “Lions” led by 5 points at 20-15. In the end Georgi Bratoev saved an unthinkable ball in defense and after huge single block by Rozalin Penchev and a spike-out by John Gordon Perrin Bulgaria won the fourth set by 25-21.
Bulgaria made the perfect start in the fourth set and was 6 points ahead at 10-4. With good defense and without any mistakes Canada made a remarkable come-back to win it by 25-23.