Czechs look to stay undefeated in clash with Puerto Rico


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 15, 2017 - Puerto Rico host the Czech Republic Saturday in San Juan in what is the sixth time the two sides come head-to-head in FIVB World Grand Prix history. The European side lead the series 3-2, including a 3-1 win last week. The Czech Republic are one of only two undefeated teams (together with Poland) in Group 2 so far this season. Puerto Rico, on the other hand, scored their first win Friday when they overcame Canada in five sets.

• This is the sixth meeting between these nations in the World Grand Prix. Puerto Rico have won twice, Czech Republic three times.
• Czech Republic won the most recent World Grand Prix encounter, 3-1 last week and can become the first team to win back-to-back matches between these countries in the competition.
• These nations also met at the 2010 World Championships, with Czech Republic winning 3-0.

• Czech Republic have won six and lost five World Grand Prix matches against NORCECA teams, while Puerto Rico have won 13 and lost 17 against CEV teams.

Puerto Rico
• Puerto Rico beat Canada 3-2 after opening their 2017 World Grand Prix campaign with three consecutive defeats.
• Puerto Rico could lose four of their opening five matches of a World Grand Prix campaign for the first time since losing their first eight fixtures of the 2013 edition.
• Puerto Rico lost their first four World Grand Prix five-setters, but have lost only one of eight since.
• Karina Ocasio (66) and Daly Santana (60) lead Puerto Rico in scoring.

Czech Republic
• Czech Republic have won their opening four matches of a World Grand Prix campaign for the second time, after they were victorious in their first seven fixtures of the 2014 edition.
• Those seven victories to begin the 2014 World Grand Prix is the only time they have had a longer winning streak than four in the competition.
• Czech Republic began the second weekend with a 3-2 victory against Bulgaria. The last time Czech Republic had consecutive World Grand Prix matches go to a deciding set was in July 2015 (lost v Puerto Rico, won v Bulgaria).
• Pavla Vincourova has a setter average of 6.1 per set.


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