Australia host undefeated Hungary for Group 3 title


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2017 - Australia host Hungary Sunday in Canberra in the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix Group 3 final, after the European side advanced through the semifinals on a five-set win over France and Australia qualified on a forfeit by Venezuela. This is Hungary's debut season and they remain undefeated in seven matches, including a 3-1 win over Australia on the opening weekend in Aguascalientes. The two sides have also met once before at the 1982 FIVB World Championship, when Hungary prevailed in straight sets.

• Hungary beat Australia in their first encounter in the World Grand Prix: 3-1 in Aguascalientes in Mexico on 8 July 2017.
• These teams also met at the 1982 World Championship, with Hungary prevailing in straight sets.

• Hungary reached the final by beating France in a five-set battle on Saturday. The Hungarians fought back twice before winning the final set 15-11.
• Debutants Hungary are the first ever nation to win each of their first seven matches in the World Grand Prix.
• Five of their seven wins came in straight sets and one by a 3-1 score line (against Australia) before their five-set win against France.
• Greta Szakmary (29 points) and Bernadett Dekany (24) contributed in a big way in Hungary's win over France. Eszter Nagy and Edina Dobi showed resilience at the net with four kill blocks each.

• Australia were granted a place in the final after Venezuela had to forfeit their semi-final match on Saturday.
• On 9 July of this year Australia claimed their very first victory in the World Grand Prix: 3-0 against Trinidad & Tobago.
• Australia have won at least one set in each of their last seven World Grand Prix matches (excluding forfeited match versus Venezuela). This is their longest ever streak in the competition.


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