Italy go for record 7th win in a row against Thailand


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2017 - Thailand host Italy Sunday in Bangkok in the two team's 12th encounter at a world competition, of which the Asian side have only won one - their most recent encounter in last year's FIVB World Grand Prix 3-2 in Bari. Italy, on a six-match winning streak and going for a record seventh win are already through to the Final Six of this year's competition, but Thailand who scored only their second win of the season on Saturday over Turkey are out of contention on 2-6.

• Thailand have won only one of their 11 encounters with Italy at major tournaments.
• This was their most recent run-in. The visiting Thai won 3-2 in Bari in last season's World Grand Prix.
• Italy had won the first seven matches between these teams in the competition.

• Thailand beat Turkey 3-0 on Saturday, their second win in their last 14 World Grand Prix matches. The other victory in this run was their 3-0 win against Brazil on 15 July.
• Thailand can win successive World Grand Prix matches for the first time since beating Algria and Cuba in 2013.
• They can win successive World Grand Prix matches in straight sets for the first time since 2012, when they claimed successive 3-0 victories over Argentina and Puerto Rico.
• Hattaya Bamrungsuk and Chatchu-On Moksri scored a match-high 11 points against Turkey (Turkey's Hande Baladin also 11 points).

• Italy can win a team record seven successive World Grand Prix matches.
• They won six in a row on four previous occasions.
• Italy can also lose their 100th match in the World Grand Prix (112 victories).
• In their 3-0 win over Dominican Republic on Saturday, Caterina Bosetti and Miryam Sylla scored a match-high 11 points. Both scored 10 points from spikes and one from a block.


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