USA meet Russia with score to settle


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2017 - USA and Russia clash for the second timee this season, Saturday in Lodz, after the Americans' straight-set win last week in France. Overall the two sides are tied 15-15 in their FIVB World League head-to-head series. The game is also a rematch of the Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medal match, which USA came back from two sets down to win 3-2.

• United States and Russia (including CIS and USSR) have met 30 times in the World League, with both sides winning 15 matches each.
• United States have won the last six of those matches in the World League, the longest streak for one team against each other between these two.
• Four of these six wins were straight set wins for United States, the other two encounters were both 3-1 victories.
• Russia's last World League win against United States came in straight sets on 28 June 2014.
• In 2007, these teams met in the World League semifinals when Russia won 3-1.

United States
• United States have lost four of their seven 2017 World League matches. They lost only three fixtures in last year's tournament.
• United States' last five World League victories have all been in straight sets.
• United States have lost six of their last nine World League fixtures, having lost six of their 28 matches in the tournament prior to this run.
• United States have won at least one set in each of their last 25 World League matches, since the 3-0 loss versus Iran on 21 June 2015.
• Benjamin Patch (112) is United States' leading scorer in Group 1, with 99 of those points won with spikes.

• Russia could win three consecutive World League matches for the first time since a run of four in a row in 2014. That streak included their last victory in the tournament against United States.
• Russia have lost four of their seven fixtures in the 2017 World League. They lost four matches in last year's tournament.
• On this exact day last year, Russia were beaten in straight sets by Serbia while United States won 3-1 against Iran.


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