Greece and Slovenia meet again, but in semifinal clash


Frankfurt, Germany, June 30, 2016 - Greece and Slovenia will meet in the second semifinal of FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 Group 3 in Frankfurt. Slovenia had already qualified for the finals, when Greece beat them in the pool phase at home last Sunday.

• Their only previous meeting at the World League was last Sunday on 26 June, when Greece won 3-1. That was a home match for Greece as the match was played in Thessaloniki.
• Rafail Koumentakis scored a match-high 19 points for Greece, while Mitja Gasparini scored 15 for Slovenia.
• They also met at the 2009 European Championship, where Greece beat Slovenia 3-1 in the group stage. 
• Greece could win four World League matches in a row against fellow CEV sides for the first time since 2004.

• Slovenia are still unbeaten in World League matches played on neutral ground as they beat Puerto Rico and Qatar in Greece last week, both by a 3-0 scorline.
• Slovenia won their first five World League matches, before facing a CEV side for the first time last Sunday, when they lost 3-1 against Greece.
• Slovenia are yet to play a five-setter at the World League, having won all their matches with a 3-0 or 3-1 scoreline and lost 3-1.
• Mitja Gasparini is Slovenia's best scorer this World League season, with 87 points.

• Greece play a World League match outside Greece for the first time this season.
• They also ended last season in Greece and will now play outside Greece for the first time in the World League since three matches in Tepic (Mexico) in June 2015.
• They won their last match in Tepic against Slovakia 3-2 after trailing 2-0. They can win successive World League matches outside Greece for the first time since June 2004, when they beat Spain twice in Valencia.
• Andreas-Dimitrios Fragkos is the best spiker in Group 3 this World League season with a success rate of 58%.


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