Lausanne, Switzerland, July 18, 2017 - Serbia have won all of their last three encounters with Russia, including a stunning 3-0 sweep in the Rio 2016 Olympics quarterfinals. Russia last beat Serbia in five sets in Kaliningrad for the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix. Serbia lead the Group 1 standings on a 5-1 record (on par with The Netherlands), with the reigning European champions at 2-4 after rebounding from four back-to-back defeats to start the season.Head-to-Head
• Serbia have won each of their last three encounters with Russia at world level.
• They most recently met at the Olympic Games in Rio last year. In the quarterfinals, Serbia triumphed in straight sets.
• Russia recorded their last major victory over Serbia in the 2015 World Grand Prix, a 3-2 pool victory in Kaliningrad.Serbia
• After two weeks of play in the World Grand Prix this season, Serbia lead Group 1 with five victories from their first six matches.
• This is their best start to a World Grand Prix campaign since 2013, when they also won five of their first six.
• The 2013 season is also the last in which Serbia finished in the top six. They came third that season.Russia
• Russia have started their 2017 World Grand Prix season with four defeats from their first six. This is a far cry from last season, when they started out with six successive victories.
• This is Russia's worst start to a campaign since 2014, when they also lost four of their first six.
• Russia recorded a top six finish in 17 of their previous 20 World Grand Prix seasons.