Russia go for second win in clash with Belgium


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 14, 2017 - After scoring their first win of the season Friday over the Dominican Republic and ending a five-match losing streak, Russia host Belgium Saturday in Kaliningrad. Thus is the fourth time the two sides come head-to-head in the history of the FIVB World Grand Prix, with the reigning European champions leading the series 2-1.

• This is the fourth World Grand Prix meeting between these nations. Russia have won twice and Belgium once. All matches have ended in 3-0.
• The most recent World Grand Prix meeting was in Kaliningrad last year (won 3-0 by Russia).
• Russia have lost their last three World Grand Prix matches against CEV teams, all by 3-2, which they were leading 2-1 in sets in all three matches.

• After losing five straight World Grand Prix matches, including the last four in five sets, the Russians booked a 3-1 victory against Dominican Republic on Friday.
• Their five-match losing streak was their longest ever in the competition.
• Four Russian players reached double figures against Dominican Republic, of which Irina Fetisova tallied the most (18).

• Belgium are still looking for the first victory in this season’s World Grand Prix. Going back to last season, their losing streak is now six matches.
• Belgium are in danger of equalling their longest run of defeats in the World Grand Prix – seven in 2015.
• In their debut season 2014, Belgium won eight of their first 11 World Grand Prix matches. Of 27 matches in the tournament since, they won only three.
• Kaja Grobelna was the only Belgian player reaching double figures in scoring against Netherlands on Friday. She recorded 13 points, including nine spikes and four kill blocks.


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