Iran take on USA as race for Curitiba heats up


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 13, 2017 - Iran and USA meet for the seventh time in World League history Thursday in Katowice to open play on Week 3 of the 2017 FIVB World League, as the race for a ticket to the Final Six in Curitiba heats up. Iran have a slght edge over USA in the standings, but teh Americans lead their head-to-head series 4-2.

• Iran and United States have met six times in the World League, with two wins for Iran and four for United States.
• Both Iran victories came in the Intercontinental Round in 2015 and both were in straight sets.
• Three weeks before those two victories in June 2015, Iran suffered back-to-back 3-1 defeats against USA.
• The last encounter between these teams was in the 2016 World League with United States winning 3-1.
• In six encounters between these teams in the World League they never played five sets.

• Iran won two out of three matches in the last weekend, after losing two of the three in the first 2017 World League weekend.
• Iran prevailed in five sets against Argentina in the last match. They have won their last six five-setters in the World League. The last team to win a five-setter against Iran in the World League was Poland in 2015.
• Iran's leading scorer Ghara H. Milad Ebadipour scored 86 points. There are two US players with more points in the 2017 World League; Taylor Sander (89) and Patch Benjamin (88).

United States
• United States started last weekend with two straight set victories (vs Italy and Russia) before a loss against France (3-1).
• United States have lost four matches in the 2017 World League, already one more than last year (3).
• United States are the only country with two players in the top-10 top scorers in Group 1 this World League: Taylor Sander (5th) and Patch Benjamin (6th).


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