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Serbia, Canada, Turkey, Greece, Slovenia stay on strong pace in World League

 
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 25, 2016 – Serbia have kept a strong pace in Group 1, while Canada and Turkey preserved their win-records in Group 2, and Greece and Slovenia stayed on top of the Group 3 standings of the FIVB Volleyball World League on Friday.


Group 1

Serbia maintained their lead with a 3-1 win over Bulgaria, while Brazil trailed closely in Pool F1 with a win over Asian powerhouse Iran in Belgrade. 

France, Italy and USA improved their records to 3-1, as they produced victories against Russia, Australia and Belgium, respectively. France reigned in Lodz with a straight-set win over their European rivals Russia, while hosts Poland needed four sets to defeat South American side Argentina.

The Italians delighted their home fans in Roma with a straight-set win over Australia, while USA endured a thrilling five-set encounter with European side Belgium.

World League 2016

World League 2016

The 12 sides have two more matches each this weekend and with one weekend of Preliminary Round action left, there is much to play for.


Group 2

Canada and Turkey are on a hot start as they safeguarded their win-record to 4-0. Canada defeated Korea in their home match in Saskatoon, while China trounced Portugal in the same pool. Turkey prevailed over Japan in Cairo, while the home side lost to Finland in straight sets in Pool E2.

The Czech Republic once again endured a five-setter, this time against Cuba in Pool D2, while Slovakia lost their home match to the Netherlands.

World League 2016

World League 2016

There are two remaining matches per team this weekend, with another round of Preliminary Round action set to take place next weekend.


Group 3

Greece and Slovenia sustained their 4-0 cards with victories over Puerto Rico and Qatar in Pool C3, respectively, to top Group 3 standings. Venezuela defeated Montenegro in the tie-breaker set to carry a similar 3-1 record in Pool E3, while Tunisia prevailed 3-1 over Mexico to record their first victory.

Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei stunned Spain, while Germany defeated hosts Kazakhstan in Almaty.

World League 2016

World League 2016

There are just two matches left for teams to secure their place in the Finals, and with most teams still in contention, it is likely to go down to the wire.


Top Scorer by Day

24 - Gert Van Walle of Belgium v USA on June 24
21 – Mohammadjavad Manvinezhad of Iran v Bulgaria on June 23
31 - Marko Bojic of Montenegro v Spain on June 19
29 - Olli-Pekka Ojansivu of Finland v Korea on June 18
26 - Ahmed Elkotb of Egypt v Czech Republic on June 17
23 - Taylor Sander of USA v Argentina on June 16

Top Scoring Performances

31 - Marko Bojic of Montenegro v Spain on Jun 19
30 - Andrés J. Villena of Spain v Montenegro on Jun 19
29 - Olli-Pekka Ojansivu of Finland v Korea on June 18
26 - Ahmed Elkotb of Egypt v Czech Republic on June 17
25 - Kervin Pinerua of Venezuela vs Qatar on June 18
25 - Steven Morales of Puerto Rico v Kazakhstan on June 19
24 - Gert Van Walle of Belgium v USA on June 24
24 - Osmany Santiago Uriarte Mestre of Cuba v Japan on June 18
24 - Gert Van Walle of Belgium v France on June 19
24 - Alexandre Ferreira of Portugal v Slovakia on June 19
23 - Alexandre Ferreira of Portugal v Turkey on June 17
23 - Matthew Anderson of USA v Argentina on June 17
23 - Ahmed Elkotb of Egypt v China on June 19
23 - Taylor Sander of USA v Argentina on June 16
22 - Paul Carroll of Australia v Belgium on June 17
22 – Andrés J. Villena of Spain v Germany on June 18
22 - Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Finland on June 19
21 – Mohammadjavad Manvinezhad of Iran v Bulgaria on June 23
20 - Olli-Pekka Ojansivu of Finland v Cuba on June 19
20 - Qingyao Dai of China v Czech Republic on June 18
20 - Steven Morales of Puerto Rico v Chinese Taipei on June 17
20 - Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v Serbia on June 18
20 - Sam Deroo of Belgium v France on June 19
20 - Kevin Tillie of France v Belgium on June 19

Top Individual Serving Performances

7 – Srecko Lisinac of Serbia v Brazil on June 24
7 - Kostyantyn Bakun of Russia v Bulgaria on June 19
7 – Srecko Lisinac of Serbia v Brazil on June 23
6 – Donovan Dzavoronok of Czech Republic v Netherlands on June 23
5 - Olli-Pekka Ojansivu of Finland v Cuba on June 19
5 – Peter Ondrovic of Slovakia v Cuba on June 23
4 – Aleksandr Atansijevic of Serbia v Brazil on June 23
4 – Gotsev Svetoslav of Bulgaria v Iran on June 23
4 - Tommi Siirila of Finland v Cuba on June 19
4 - Dmitriy Muserskiy of Russia v Bulgaria on June 19
4 - Eder Carbonera of Brazil v USA on June 18
4 - Lucas Saatkamp of Brazil v Iran on June 16
4 - Cristian Poglajen of Argentina v Iran on June 18
4 - Olli-Pekka Ojansivu of Finland v Korea on June 18

Top Team Serving Performances

20 – Serbia v Brazil on June 23
13 - Finland v Cuba on June 19
13 – Russia v Bulgaria on June 19
11 – Czech Republic v Netherlands on June 23
10 - Brazil v Argentina on June 16
9 - Cuba v Korea on June 17
9 - Russia v Serbia on June 17
9 - Slovenia v Qatar on June 17
9 - Cuba v Korea on June 17
9 - Egypt v China on June 19
8 - Tunisia v Portugal on June 17
8 – Finland v Korea on Jun 18
8 - Italy v Australia on June 19

Top Individual Blocking Performances

8 - Ricardo Norberto Calvo Manzano of Cuba v Korea on June 17
8 - Marek Beer of Czech Republic v Canada on June 19
7 – Anton Kuznetsov of Kazakhstan v Chinese Taipei on June 18
7 - Luis Tomas Sosa Sierra of Cuba v Japan on June 18
6 - Jasper Dieffenbach of Netherlands v Slovakia on June 17
6 - Omar Agrebi of Tunisia v Qatar on June 19
6 - Tomas Aguilera of Mexico v Montenegro on June 18
6 - Olli-Pekka Ojansivu of Finland v Korea on June 18
6 - Gojko Cuk of Montenegro v Spain on June 19
5 - Abdellatif Ahmed of Egypt v Czech Republic on June 17
5 - Mateusz Bieniek of Poland v Bulgaria on June 17
5 - Eder Carbonera of Brazil v USA on June 18
5 - Enrico Cester of Italy v Australia on June 19
5 - Simon Van De Voorde of Belgium v France on June 19

Top Team Blocking Performances

20 – Finland v Korea on June 18
19 – Montenegro v Mexico on June 18
17 – Cuba v Japan on June 18
16 - Cuba v Korea on June 17
16 - Montenegro v Spain on Jun 19
14 - Turkey v Portugal on June 17
14 - Kazakhstan v Chinese Taipei on June 18
14 – Netherlands v Portugal on June 18
14 - USA v Iran on June 17
14 – Czech Republic v Canada on June 19
13 – Slovakia v Portugal on June 19
13 - Netherlands v Slovakia on June 17
12 – Korea v Finland on June 18
12 – Brazil v USA on June 18
12 – Qatar v Tunisia on June 19
12 - Belgium v France on June 19
12 – Slovakia v Cuba on June 23
11 - Belgium v Australia on June 17
11 - Mexico v Montenegro on June 18
11 – Argentina v Iran on June 18
11 – Netherlands v Czech Republic on June 23
10 - Korea v Cuba on June 17
10 - Portugal v Turkey on June 17
10 – Spain v Germany on June 18
10 – USA v Brazil on June 18
10 – Egypt v China on June 19
10 – Turkey v Netherlands on June 19
10 – Iran v Bulgaria on June 23
10 – Cuba v Slovakia on June 23

Highest Scoring Sets

34-36 – Russia v France on June 24
32-34 - Russia v Serbia on June 17
33-31 - Cuba v Korea on June 17
30-28 - Chinese Tapai v Puerto Rico on June 17
30-28 – Cuba v Japan on June 18
30-28 - Portugal v Turkey on June 17
29-27 – Korea v Finland on June 18
29-27 - Belgium v Australia on June 17
29-27 – Puerto Rico v Kazakhstan on June 19
28-26 - Greece v Kazakhstan on June 17
28-26 – Germany v Spain on June 18
28-26 - Venezuela v Tunisia on June 17
28-26 - Brazil v Iran on June 16
28-26 – Kazakhstan v Chinese Taipei on June 18
28-26 – Egypt v China on June 19

Highest Scoring Matches

228 – Finland v Korea 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 27-29, 19-25, 19-17) on June 18
223 – Cuba v Japan 3-2 (27-25, 21-25, 16-25, 30-28, 15-11) on June 18
219 – Portugal 2-3 Slovakia (25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 17-19) on June 19
217 – Montenegro v Spain 3-2 (25-27, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 15-13) on June 19
215 - Spain v Mexico 3-2 (25-22, 24-26, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12) on June 17
214 - Cuba v Korea 3-2 (33-31, 25-18, 14-25, 22-25, 15-6) on June 17
213 – Cuba v Czech Republic 2-3 (19-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-22, 11-15) on June 24
212 - Egypt v Czech Republic 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22, 15-12) on June 17
209 – Czech Republic v Netherlands 3-2 (25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-11) on June 23
204 - Belgium v France 3-2 (13-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-18, 15-12) on June 19

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