Poland and Italy seek to ride on opening day momentum


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 3, 2017 - Italy host reigning world champions Poland Saturday in Pesaro as both seek to ride on the momentum built by their opening day victories over Iran and Brazil respectively.

• These teams last met in a major competition at the 2015 World Cup: Italy won 3-1.
• This ended a run of four successive wins by Poland over Italy in major competitions, including two in the 2014 World League and one in the 2015 World League.
• Italy's last WL victory over Poland came on 8 June 2014 (3-1).
• Both teams have won at least one set in their last nine encounters in major competitions since Italy's 3-0 win in the 2011 European Championship semifinals.

• Poland proved to be the strongest in an opening day showdown against Brazil on Friday. They won the fifth set 15-8.
• Poland have won three of their last four World League matches, as many as in their previous 13 encounters combined.
• Each of their last three victories came in five sets. The last straight set victory for Poland came 28 matches ago, against Russia in the opener of the 2015 season.
• Dawid Konarski scored 20 points against Brazil, leading his side.

• Italy won their opener in straight sets against Iran. They have now won their opening match in eight of their last nine seasons.
• Last year they lost their first World League encounter (against France), before countering with four consecutive victories in three sets.
• Italy have won a total of 988 sets in the World League. During this World League, they could become the second nation cracking the 1,000-mark, after Brazil (1,106 before Saturday play).


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