Russia and The Netherlands in 2016 bronze rematch


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 15, 2017 - Russia host The Netherlands Sunday in Kaliningrad as the two teams come head-to-head for the 10th time in FIVB World Grand Prix history. The reinging European champions lead the series 7-2. This is a rematch of last year's bronze medal game in which the Dutch staged a comeback from two sets down to win in five. It's also a rematch of the 2015 European Championship final in which Russia swept The Netherlands 3-0 in Rotterdam.

• This is the 10th World Grand Prix meeting between these nations.
• Russia have won seven of the previous nine and Netherlands have won twice, including the most recent match, the bronze medal match last year 3-2, after trailing 2-0.
• These teams have played eight matches at World Championships or Olympic Games against each other, with Russia winning all eight.

• After losing five straight World Grand Prix matches, their longest ever streak in the competition, the Russians have booked consecutive victories on Friday and Saturday.
• Russia have won at least two sets in each of their last six World Grand Prix matches (W2-L4), since a straight set defeat against United States in last years semifinal.
• After the straight set win against Belgium, Russia can win back-to-back matches in straight sets. They last achieved this last year against Netherlands and Thailand.
• Irina Voronkova (14 points) led Russia in scoring in their 3-0 win over Belgium on Saturday. Irina Fetisova added five kill blocks.

• Netherlands came back from a 2-0 set deficit to beat Dominican Republic 3-2 on Saturday. The last time they erased a two-set deficit was in the bronze medal game of last year’s campaign, against Russia.
• Netherlands have now won four of their five World Grand Prix matches in 2017.
• Netherlands also won four of their last five World Grand Prix five-setters.
• Netherlands have won at least two sets in each of their last six World Grand Prix matches (W5-L1).
• Anne Buijs led Netherlands with 31 points against Dominican Republic. Celeste Plak, the Dutch top scorer in the 2017 tournament, added 16 points.


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