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China look to bounce back in clash with Turkey

 
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 14, 2017 - China play Turkey Saturday in Macau in wha t is the fourth time the two sides come head-to-head in the history of the FIVB World Grand Prix. China lead the series 2-1, with both their wins coming in five sets. But the reigning Olympic champions need to bounce back after Friday's defeat in straight sets to Italy. Coming after last week's 3-0 loss to USA, it was the first time in the history of the competition that China lost back-to-back in straight sets.

Head-to-Head
• This is the fourth meeting between these nations in the World Grand Prix. China have won two of the previous three meetings, both finishing in 3-2.
• Turkey won the first World Grand Prix meeting between these nations, 3-1 in China (Ningbo).
• These nations also met at the 2012 Olympic Games (3-1 for China) and 2010 World Championships (3-1 for Turkey, in Japan).
• China have won eight of the last nine World Grand Prix encounters against CEV teams.

China
• China have lost successive matches in straight sets, against United States and Italy.
• They have never lost three successive matches by a 3-0 scoreline before in the World Grand Prix.
• No Chinese player scored more than 10 points in their 3-0 defeat to Italy. Ting Zhu and Xiangyu Gong scored exactly 10.

Turkey
• Turkey have won only one of their last eight World Grand Prix matches, the 3-1 win over Belgium on 8 July.
• Turkey's World Grand Prix balance is in perfect harmony, as they have now won and lost 34 matches.
• In their 3-1 loss to United States on Friday no Turkish player scored 10 or more points. Melis Durul was the team's top scorer with nine.

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