Bulgaria dropped out of the Volleyball World Championship already in the group phase after a shameful loss with 2:3 game against the outsider in our group, Mexico.
Instead of winning convincingly, our team had an extremely dramatic match and lost after 25:20, 20:25, 23:25, 25:23 and 16:18.
Thus, ours recorded the weakest participation in a world championship in their history.
We’ve never finished outside the top 16 at the Planet Championships before, and our worst performance to date was 13th in 2014.
At the previous championship, 4 years ago, we finished 11th.
This time, the “tricolors” finish last in the group, with three losses from three games and only one point won, which will most likely leave them 19th in the final standings.
Tonight, Nikolay Zhelyazkov’s players took the first game and gave a request that they will achieve a convincing success. They even maintained at least a mathematical chance with a clean win to overcome the group as one of the best third teams.
However, a total slump followed and Mexico took the next two parts.
Our opponents were about to take the third, but at 21:19 for them, Bulgaria got up and took several points in a row to get back into the match and bring it to a tiebreak.
The final part was also fiercely contested, with Bulgaria holding on to a tenuous lead until the end and dropping five match points before bowing to a modest but brave Mexico team.