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2019 Men’s VNL – June 2 – Pool 4 – Head-to-Head Stats

 

France won both of their opening two matches in the 2019 VNL

Novi Sad, Serbia, June 2, 2019 – France are aiming of a sweep of their matches in Pool 4 against Japan, while Russia are hoping to improve their record to 2-1 at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Japan – France (June 2, 2019)
Head-to-Head

• Japan have won only five of their 34 world level major tournament matches against France.
• World level major tournaments are: FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Grand Champions Cup.
• Japan have lost their last 11 world level matches against France, since a 3-1 victory in the World League on 1 July 2007.
• These teams also met at last year's edition of the Nations League. France beat Japan 3-1 on 26 May 2018 in the preliminary round.

Japan
• Japan have the same W1-L1 record after two matches in this year's Volleyball Nations League as they had last year. In 2018, Japan won their third match, 3-1 versus Iran.
Issei Otake is Japan's top scorer in the 2019 VNL on 20 points, despite not being their top scoring player in either of their opening two matches.
• In the 2018 VNL, Otake was Japan's fifth-highest scorer with 99 points.
• Masahiro Yanagida was Japan's best scorer in the 3-1 loss against Russia on 16 points. Yuki Ishikawa (19) was their top scorer in the 3-1 win versus Serbia.

France
• France won both of their opening two matches in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League. In last year's VNL they won all three matches in the opening week.
• No team has won more matches in the VNL than France (17).
• Jean Patry is France's top scorer in the 2019 VNL on 23 points. Last year he scored 98 points in the preliminary round, fifth most for France.
Jenia Grebennikov (23 digs) has an average of 2.88 per set in the Best Digger category.

Russia – Serbia (June 2, 2019)
Head-to-Head

• Russia (including Soviet Union and CIS) have won 27 of their previous 42 encounters with Serbia (including predecessors) in world level major competitions.
• World level major competitions are: FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Grand Champions Cup.
• Serbia have won their last three matches against Russia, including 3-2 wins in the 2018 Nations League preliminary round and the 2018 World Championship first round. It is already Serbia's longest winning run against Russia in world level major competitions.
• Russia's last victory over Serbia in a world level major tournament was a straight set win in the 2014 World League.
• In 2000, Serbia (as Yugoslavia) won their only Olympic title in men's volleyball by defeating Russia 3-0 in the final.

Russia
• Russia have a W1-L1 record after two matches in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League, the same as last year.
• In 2018, Russia won two of their three matches in the opening week.
• Russia scored 21 points from stuff blocks in their 3-1 victory against Japan and conceded only one point from a block.
Egor Kliuka was Russia's top scorer against Japan on 22 points. He has scored 39 points in the 2019 VNL. Last year he was their second-highest scorer in the preliminary round on 179 points.
Dmitry Volkov has scored seven points from stuff blocks in the 2019 VNL, already two more than he had in the preliminary round in 2018.

Serbia
• Serbia lost both of their opening two matches in the 2019 VNL. Last year they had a W1-L2 record after their opening three fixtures.
• Serbia have lost four consecutive VNL matches, after they were beaten in four of their first 15 fixtures in the competition.
Dusan Petkovic (27) leads Serbia in scoring, already more than he had in last year's preliminary round (19).
• Vuk Todorovic has an average of 2.0 per set in the Best Setter category in this year's VNL.

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