Champions from Heber (Pazardzhik) with the new winners of the Super Cup in Bulgaria. Heber defeated the winner of the Cup of Bulgaria Neftohimik 2010 (Burgas) v 3: 1 (16:25, 25:21, 25:21, 25:18) in the Ivan Vazov Hall in Stara Zagora.
The Super Cup trophy is second in the club window, after the Tigers won the race for the first time in 2019.
The match is without publication, and in the “Ivan Vazov” hall there are only people busy with organization and officials. The mayors of Pazardzhik and Burgas, respectively Todor Popov and Dimitar Nikolov were in the stands to observe the performances of their teams. During the warm-up, literally minutes before the start, injuries prevented the captain of Neftohimik Nikolay Nikolov to be a starter, as Ventsislav Ragin started in the center.
And in this match, Heber’s volleyball players were taken out by Martin Costa Blanco, after head coach Camilo Placi is still recovering.
The match for the Super Cup starts completely equal. The draw is maintained until 6: 6. Ventsislev Ragin is placed early to replace Nikolai Nikolov in the composition of Neftohimik. Champions from Heber pulled with 2 points at 8: 6. Burgas equalized at 9: 9. Nikolay Uchikov brought the winners of the Cup ahead with 10: 9. Todor Alexiev quickly equalized to 10:10 in the next breakdown. The alumni of Nikolay Zhelyazkov took the lead with 13:10. Miroslav Gradinarov makes 14:11 with a precise block. Jacopo Masari attacks in the out – 11:15. Plamen Shekerdzhiev replaced Todor Alexiev. Miroslav Gradinarov played excellently in attack from zone 4 for 18:11. Nikolay Uchikov scored an ace and Neftohimik pulled with 19:11. Bradley Gunther attacked the blockade for 14:21. Nikolay Kartev would serve in the out – 15:23. The Slovak Julius Firkal brought success to Neftohimik at the beginning of the part with 25:16 with a powerful attack.
Giorgi Giorgiev replaced Ivan Stanev as a distributor in Heber’s squad. Two consecutive aces of Alexander Tush brought Neftohimik ahead with 3: 0 at the beginning of the second half. Champions from Heber equalized at 3: 3. Bradley Gunther played technically in attack and Heber took the lead with 8: 7. Sharp attack of Nikolay Kolev in the center and 10: 9 for Neftohimik. Miroslav Gradinarov played with the blockade and Burgas took the lead with 3 points at 12: 9. A powerful attack by Ventsislav Ragin in the center made the score 14:11. Excellent attack of Viktor Yosifov reduced the difference to only 1 point at 13:14. Nikolay Uchikov attacked powerfully from zone 2 for 15:13. Nikolay Uchikov did not let him make 6: 4 with a powerful attack from zone 2. Strong serve of Jakopo Masari equalized the results at 16:16. A successful attack by Bradley Gunther put Heber ahead with 17:16. Nikolay Zhelyazkov took a break for the Burgas team. Successful attack of Nikolay Kartev in the center and 18:16 for champions. New attack by Nikolay Kartev and 19:16 for Heber. Nikolai Zhelyazkov hurried to take his second break in the second half. Ace of Jacopo Masari and 20:16. Miroslav Gradinarov returned to the game. Alexander Tush’s ace restored Neftohimik’s hopes at 18:21. Julius Fircal’s pipe – 20:22. Julius Firkal would be a service on the net and Heber reached gameball at 24:21. The champions won the second half with 25:21.
The third part begins extremely equally. Attack of the distributor Alexander Tush makes the results 5: 5. Single blockade of Bradley Gunther against attack of Kaloyan Balabanov and 7: 5. Kaloyan Balabanov finished a long break for 7: 7. Blockade of Miroslav Gradinarov gave Neftohimik an advantage of 12:11. Ace of Kaloyan Balabanov and 13:11. Two consecutive blockades of Viktor Yosifov equalized the fast results at 13:13. Heber’s volleyball players took the lead with 17:16 and Nikolay Zhelyazkov took a break for Neftohimik. A single blockade by Ventsislav Ragin stopped Bradley Gunter’s attack – 17:17. Bradley Gunther brought the champions ahead with 18:17. Victor Yosifov’s single block stopped Ventsislav Ragin’s attack – 19:17. Julius Firkal is back in a game for Burgas. New successful blockade of Viktor Yosifov against attack of Nikolay Uchikov – 20:17. Nikolay Zhelyazkov took his second break in the third part for the winners of the Cup in Bulgaria. Nikolai Uchikov was left without a blockade in zone 2 and 18:20. Jacopo Masari attacked the blockade for 22:19. Heber reached gameball at 24:20. Nikolay Kartev successfully attacked in the center and Heber closed the third part with 25:21.
And the 4th game starts completely equal. The tie was maintained until 4: 4. Nikolay Uchikov attacked powerfully in the diagonal of zone 2 for 5: 4. Jakopo Masari hurried to equalize with an attack in the next breakup. A sharp attack by Viktor Yosifov led to a new draw 8: 8. Todor Alexiev attacked from zone 4 on the diagonal and Heber took 10: 9. The champions took the lead with 12:10. Jacopo Masari attacked successfully in 13:11. Another attack by Jacopo Masari, but now from zone 2 and Heber took the lead with 14:11. Nikolay Zhelyazkov took a break for Neftohimik. Jacopo Masari scored an ace and Heber pulled with 4 points at 16:12. Todor Alexiev and Heber took two consecutive points with 18:14. Pipe on Jacopo Masari – 19:15. Victor Yosifov’s single block and the champions took the lead with 20:15. Todor Alexiev was uncompromising in attack for 21:16. Viktor Yosifov’s new blockade brings Heber closer to 3 points from the Super Cup – 22:16. Victor Yosifov’s ace and match ball for champions 24:17. Miroslav Gradinarov was the kick-off in the net and this brought success to Heber in the 4th game with 25:18 and the Super Cup match with 25:18.
Heber won with a check for BGN 10,000 to win the Super Cup.
Italian low forward Jacopo Masari was chosen as MVP.
Match for the Bulgarian Super Cup for men:
HEBER (PAZARDZHIK) – PETROCHEMIST 2010 (BURGAS) 3: 1 (16:25, 25:21, 25:21, 25:18)
HEBER: Ivan Stanev 1, Bradley Gunther 11, Todor Alexiev 13, Jakopo Masari 18, Nikolay Kartev 11, Viktor Yosifov 14 – Teodor Salparov – libero (Plamen Shekerdzhiev 1, Georgi Georgiev 1, Martin Simeonov, David Krastev, Stoyko Nenche)
Coach: MARTIN COSTA BLANCO
PETROCHEMIST: Alexander Tush 2, Nikolay Uchikov 26, Julius Firkal 10, Miroslav Gradinarov 13, Nikolay Kolev 8, Nikolay Nikolov – Martin Ivanov – libero (Ventsislav Ragin 5, Kaloyan Balabanov 2, Ventsislav Trifonov, Lyuboslav Telkiyski)
Head coach: NIKOLAI ZHELYAZKOV.
Ivan Vazov Hall
Judges: Alexander Vinaliev, Atanas Varbanov