Hosts and defending champs face to face on opening night


Krakow, Poland, July 12, 2016 - Poland will try to use the home court advantage to put an end to a negative five-match streak against France in the FIVB Volleyball World League.  The hosts of the 2016 Group 1 finals and the reigning World League champions will lock horns on Wednesday night in Krakow.

• France have won each of their last five World League meetings with Poland, including both encounters this season.
• Poland's last World League victory over France dates back to July 2007, when Poland triumphed 3-2 in Katowice.
• Historically, France hold the upper hand against Poland in the World League, having won eight and lost four against them.

• Poland have won the World League once, in 2012. They have not finished in the top three since.
• Poland finished 10th of 12 in Group 1, but qualified for the Final Six as hosts.
• Poland won their last match in Group 1. They have not claimed back-to-back World League victories since June-July 2015 against Iran and USA.
• Rafal Buszek has the highest efficiency as receiver, 59.5%.

• France are the defending World League champions. Apart from their first place finish last season, they have one more top three finish in the competition: runners-up in 2006.
• No side has won the World League in back-to-back seasons since Brazil's consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010.
• In Benjamin Toniutti, the French have the tournament's best setter (9.1 average per set), ahead of Poland's Grzegorz Lomacz (8.8).
• In Jenia Grebennikov (100 digs), they have its best digger.


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