Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei ready for maiden clash


Kozani, Greece, June 18, 2016 – Two of Asia’s most successful sides will face-off in the FIVB Volleyball World League for the first time on Saturday when Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei meet in Greece.

· Chinese Taipei have won their last four encounters with Kazakhstan, which came at the Asian Championships (2013 and 2015) and at the 2014 Asian Games (twice). 
· The Kazakh team won their three matches with Chinese Taipei before the current losing run, also at the Asian Championships (2009 and 2011) and at the 2010 Asian Games (3 matches in total). 
· They will play their first match against each other at the World League. 

· On Friday, Kazakhstan lost their opening match of their 2016 World League campaign against Greece in straight sets.
· Last year, when Kazakhstan made their World League debut, they only won their first match of the campaign (3-2 against Venezuela).
· Three of Kazakhstan's six World League defeats came in straight sets.
· Maxim Mamedov scored a team-high 12 points in Kazakhstan's 3-0 defeat against Greece.

Chinese Taipei
· Chinese Taipei won in straight sets against Puerto Rico in their first World League match ever.
· Wu Tsung-Hsuan scored a team-high 14 points, including 12 spikes. Chen Chien-Chen also scored 12 spikes. 


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