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Pool 14: Muzaj helps Poland to strong start in Milan

 

Milan, Italy, June 21, 2019 - Maciej Muzaj was one of three Polish players to score 15 points as his team began their campaign in Pool 14 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a victory against Argentina in Milan on Friday.

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Poland - Argentina (21 Jun 2019)

Head-to-Head

·    Poland and Argentina have met 33 times at world level major competitions, with Poland winning 27 matches and Argentina six.
·    World level major competitions are: FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Grand Champions Cup.
·    Argentina won their last encounter with Poland in a world level major tournament. At the 2018 World Championship, Argentina won in five sets, even though Poland scored more points (106-105).
·    That 2018 World Championship victory ended a 27-match winless run for Argentina against Poland at world level, since a straight-sets victory at the 2002 World League.

Poland
·    Poland have won five matches in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and lost four.
·    At the 2018 World Championship, Poland won three of their four matches on Italian soil. Their only loss came against the hosts in five sets.
·    Dawid Konarski is Poland's leading scorer at the 2019 VNL on 84 points.
·    Konarski scored 74 points from spikes. Last year, in the 2018 VNL, only Artur Szalpuk (84) scored more points from spikes for Poland in the preliminary round.

Argentina
·    Argentina won their last two VNL matches, 3-1 against France and 3-2 against Germany.
·    Argentina could win three consecutive VNL matches for only the second time, after a four-match winning streak from 2018-2019.
·    Argentina have won four matches this VNL campaign, as many as in the whole of the 2018 tournament.
·    Argentina's four wins this year all came against European sides, while their five losses all came against non-European sides.
·    Santiago Danani is the second-best receiver this VNL campaign with an efficiency of 35.05%. He also ranks second among the best diggers, averaging 2.71 per set.


Italy - Serbia (21 Jun 2019)

Head-to-Head

·    Italy have a W19-L26 record against Serbia (incl. predecessors) in major world level competitions.
·    World level major competitions are: Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League, Volleyball Nations League and Grand Champions Cup.
·    Italy won only one of their last four world level meetings with Serbia, a 3-0 victory at last year's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on 27 May 2018.
·    The most recent world level meeting between these teams was at last year's World Championship. In the third round, Serbia beat Italy in straight-sets.

Italy
·    Italy have won seven of their last eight FIVB Volleyball Nations League matches, with the exception in this run their 3-0 defeat to Russia on 9 June.
·    Italy could equal their VNL record winning streak of four matches, set earlier this tournament. That run was ended by the aforementioned defeat to Russia.
·    None of Italy's last 13 VNL matches was decided in five sets, since their 3-2 victory over Republic of Korea on 16 June 2018.
·    Fabio Balaso is the tournament's best digger, averaging 2.72 per set.
·    Gabriele Nelli (157) chases only Sharone Vernon-Evans (158) by one point for this year's VNL top scorer honours.

Serbia
·    Serbia have won each of their last five FIVB Volleyball Nations League matches. This directly follows a run of six successive VNL defeats.
·    Serbia could set a team record of six consecutive VNL victories. They previously record winnings streaks of five twice in the 2018 tournament.
·    On Sunday, Serbia beat Portugal 3-1, ending a six-match run of matches decided in five-sets.
·    No team has played more sets than Serbia at the 2019 VNL (42).
·    Serbia have not won or lost a match in straight-sets in this year's VNL tournament.
·    Dusan Petkovic has scored a team-high 112 points this VNL campaign.
·    Only Iran's Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi (0.67) and China's Zhejia Zhang (0.63) average more blocks per set than Petar Krsmanovic (0.48).

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