Rio 2016 silver and bronze medallists clash in 2017 World League


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 8, 2017 - Rio 2016 silver medallists Italy and bronze medallists USA clash Friday in Pau in what is the 26th encounter between the two sides in FIVB World League history - with Italy enjoying a slight edge of 13-12.

• Italy and United States have met each other 25 times in the World league. Italy just have the upper hand: 13 wins to 12.
• United States' 12 wins against Italy are third-most for the team against a specific opponent. They have only won more World League matches against Japan (16) and Russia (14).
• Italy won nine of their first 10 World League matches against United States, but managed to win only four of their following 15 meetings.
• Last season the teams met twice in the group stages. United States beat Italy 3-0 on 26 June, while Italy won 3-1 on 14 July.

• Italy started their 2017 World League campaign with a 3-0 win over Iran, but then lost 3-1 to Poland and Brazil.
• They can now lose three successive World League matches for the first time since a run of four in 2015 (two versus Brazil and two versus Serbia).
• The last time Italy lost three of their first four matches of a World League season was 2009, when they started with a win over China but subsequently lost to China and twice versus their forthcoming opponents United States.
• After the first weekend, Simone Giannelli was the best setter in Group 1 with an average of 6.91 per set.

United States
• United States have lost their last five World League matches. They can suffer six successive defeats for the first time since their record losing streak of 13 from 1993-1994.
• Their last nine losses in the World League were no straight set defeats. The last time a team beat United States 3-0 was Iran on 21 June 2015.
• United States' last win in the World league was the 3-0 against Russia on 3 July 2016.
• United States (148) are two shy of claiming their 150th win in the World League (276 matches).


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