France look to go 6-0 when they face USA


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 10, 2017 - France aim to finish week 2 of the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix on a perfect 6-0 record when they host USA Sunday in Pau - but they haven't beaten the Americans in three years.

• These nations last met at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, when United States triumphed 3-1 in the preliminary round.
• The year before, they last met in the World League and the result was the same, a 3-1 United States win.
• France's last major victory over United States came at the 2014 World Championship (3-1).
• United States have won five of their last six World League matches against France, with the five-set defeat on 30 June 2012 as the only exception.

• France have won all five 2017 World League matches, dropping only three sets.
• France are the only remaining team with a 100% winning record in the 2017 World League. Spain and Slovenia also won their first four fixtures but both lost their fifth match.
• France also won the bronze medal match in last year's World League. Their current six-match winning streak in the competition is their best since they were victorious in their first 15 fixtures of the 2015 edition.
• France won only one of their four five-setters in the 2016 World League.

United States
• United States lost their opening three matches of the 2017 World League, but have beaten both Italy and Russia in straight sets in the second week.
• United States have not won three consecutive World League matches in straight sets since 2012. The first of those victories was against France.
• United States' last four World League victories have all come in straight sets.
• United States have won at least one set in each of their last 24 World League matches, since the 3-0 loss versus Iran on 21 June 2015.


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