Dominican Republic look for redemption against Belgium


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 15, 2017 - The Dominican Republic meet Belgium for the first time in FIVB World Grand Prix history Sunday in Kaliningrad - though the two teams have met before at the 2014 FIVB World Championship in Italy, with the Caribbean side winning in five sets. The Dominican Republic dropped to 2-3 Saturday after blowing a 2-0 lead to The Netherlands, but Belgium are still winless in five matches this season.

• Dominican Republic and Belgium have met once before at a world level tournament.
• At the 2014 world championships, Dominican Republic won in five sets after leading 2-0.
• Belgium have won three of their four World Grand Prix meetings with NORCECA sides, only losing to United States in 2015.

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• Dominican Republic have two wins and three defeats thus far in the 2017 World Grand Prix, Their last two matches ended in defeat.
• Since the opener of the 2016 competition, the Dominicans had avoided defeat in successive matches.
• Last time, Dominican Republic suffered a five-set defeat in the World Grand Prix was against Bulgaria last year. They went on to win the next match in a five-setter versus Argentina.
• Against Netherlands, Bethania De La Cruz was the only player with at least one point in the spikes (11), blocks (1) and serves (3) categories.

• Belgium are still winless in this season’s World Grand Prix. Including last season, their losing streak is now seven matches.
• Belgium have equalled their longest run of defeats in the World Grand Prix – seven in 2015. Another defeat would indicate their longest streak ever.
• In their debut season 2014, Belgium won eight of their first 11 World Grand Prix matches. Of 28 matches in the tournament since, they won only three.
• Britt Herbots (16) and Kaja Grobelna (13) were the two Belgian players reaching double figures in points scored against Russia on Saturday.


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