Kazakhstan seek first win over Europeans in clash with Montenegro


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 10, 2017 - Montenegro and Kazakhstan meet for the very first time in any official FIVB competition when they clash Saturday in Tunis - but Kazakhstan have never beaten a European side in 11 matches.

• These sides meet for the first time in a major international encounter.
• Kazakhstan have not won any of their previous 11 major encounters with opponents from Europe.

• Montenegro began their 2017 World League campaign with wins against Tunisia and Chinese Taipei, but then lost versus Estonia and Chinese Taipei.
• This is only the second time Montenegro have lost consecutive World League matches, after last year when they were beaten by Venezuela and Tunisia.
• Montenegro lost two matches in both of their previous World League campaigns (2015 and 2016).
• Montenegro won the opening set in each of their first five World League matches. Since then, they have claimed the first set in only four of their 13 fixtures in the competition.
• Marko Bojic (51) and Bozidar Cuk (50) have both reached 50 points in Group 3 this year.

• Kazakhstan lost their opening three matches in the 2017 World League, but won their fourth fixture 3-1 against Tunisia.
• That was Kazakhstan's third win in 16 World League matches. Their other two victories were 3-2 versus Venezuela in their first-ever fixture in the competition on 12 June 2015 and a straight-set triumph against Chinese Taipei on 18 June 2016.
• Kazakhstan have won only two sets in their seven previous World League matches against CEV opposition.


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