The Soviet Union men's volleyball team easily overcame rivals Bulgaria in the first game of an eight-nation volleyball tournament played in Tokyo on November 7.
SOVIET UNION (WEARING BLUE & WHITE) v BULGARIA (WEARING RED & GREEN)
1. TV Soviet Union serve; after play Bulgaria regain serve. 0.25
2. TV Soviets serve and after play win point. 0.43
3. SV & TV Crowd watches as Bulgaria serve, win point from smash. (2 SHOTS) 1.02
4. SV & TV Crowd watches as Soviets beat Bulgarian defence with smash. (2 SHOTS) 1.20
5. CU Referee. 1.23
6. TV Bulgarians serve, Soviets regain service after tip over block. 1.38
7. CU Scoreboard showing Soviet Union at match point. 1.41
8. TV Soviets score from service as Bulgarian defence stand and look at each other. Soviet players celebrate. 1.53
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
The Soviet Union men's volleyball team easily overcame rivals Bulgaria in the first game of an eight-nation volleyball tournament played in Tokyo on November 7. The Soviets won in three straight sets, 15-11, 15-7, 15-4, with the Bulgarians providing only token resistance after losing a hard-fought first set. Other winners on the opening day were the United States, who beat South Korea in straight sets; Poland, who defeated Mexico by three sets to one; and host nation Japan, who took four sets to overcome China. The tournament is being played as a round robin competition, finishing in Hiroshima on November 15. The outright winners will be awarded the Japan Cup and will be invited to defend their trophy in 1986; the men's tournament will alternate with a women's competition to be initiated next year.
Source: REUTERS - KIMIAKI TANAKA