Czech Republic seek rebound against Canada


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 16, 2017 - After suffering their first defeat of the season in the hands of Puerto Rico, teh Czech Republic take on Canada Sunday in San Juan. It's the third match between the two sides in the history of the FIVB World Grand Prix, with the North Americans having won both their previous encounters in straight sets last year.

• Czech Republic have won both previous two World Grand Prix matches with Canada, both in 3-0, both last year.
• Canada have also faced Czechoslovakia twice at a world tournament.
• At the 1974 World Championships, Canada won 3-1 and at the 1986 World Championships, Czechoslovakia won in straight sets.

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• After winning the first four matches of the campaign and losing the fifth, Czech Republic have a 4-1 record in the World Grand Prix this season.
• On Saturday, Puerto Rico inflicted them their first straight-set loss since 1 August 2015 against Netherlands. Their streak of 11 matches without a 3-0 defeat was their longest ever in the tournament.
• Michaela Mlejnkova became Czech Republic’s top scorer against Puerto Rico on Saturday with 12 points. She compiled these points in only the second and the third set, as she spent the first set on the bench.

• Canada have won two and lost three matches in the 2017 World Grand Prix. For the first time this season, they have taken back-to-back defeats.
• Canada outscored Bulgaria 103-101 in points on Saturday, however still took the loss: 3-1. This was Canada’s 25th defeat in the World Grand Prix (compared to 6 wins).
• For the first time in team history, Canada could win three World Grand Prix matches in a single campaign.
• Elisabeth Wendel claimed the top scoring honours in that match against Bulgaria, tallying 24 points: 16 spikes, four blocks and four serve winners. All three numbers were leading marks for her team.


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