President Graça applauds highly competitive second week of World Grand Prix


Serbia lead World Grand Prix Group 1 after two weeks of play

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 17, 2017 - "It was another incredibly competitive week in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix," said FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° as the race for the finals continues to provide twists and turns.

"Across all three groups we saw hard fought competition as each nation battled for honours. It is so exciting to see the quality and competitiveness of each performance and I am already looking forward to next week."

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In all, a total of 7962 points were scored across all three groups this weekend. Serbia suffered an early defeat to Brazil but recovered to win their next two games and stay top of the Group 1 rankings, with the Netherlands very close behind.

In Group 2, Korea’s victory over Poland made it level at the top of the ranking with both sides claiming five wins from the opening six matches. Kim Yeon Koung scored 26 points in total as Korea came from behind to beat the hosts 3-1.

Meanwhile, France made history with their second consecutive clean sweep, becoming the only team to win their first six matches in their competition debut. Hungary also remain unbeaten in Group 3, having dropped just one set so far this year.

Host cities this week were from the National Federations of Japan, Kazakhstan, Macau, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

"I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to our fantastic host cities who do so much to make the World Grand Prix such a great experience for players and fans alike," added President Graça. "A core mission of the FIVB is to develop the sport of volleyball throughout the world and it could not be achieved without the support of National Federations."

"Next weekend, the Group 3 Finals begin in Canberra, Australia and we will have our first group winners. I would like to wish the best of luck to all nations involved, as well as to those still competing for a place in the Group 1 and Group 2 Finals."


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