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Canada meet Korea as both seek first VNL win

 

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 25, 2018 - Canada and Korea look for their first win of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League when they meet in Krakow Saturday, after both lost their opening matches in straight sets to Russia and Poland respectively. Canada lead their series, but just by one win at 8-7.

Head-to-Head
• Canada and Korea have met 15 times in world level major competitions, with Canada having a slight advantage in the head-to-head: 8-7.
• World level major competitions are: the VNL, Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, World League and Grand Champions Cup.
• Canada have won their three most recent encounters against Korea, all in straight sets. They won twice at the 2013 World League and once at the 2016 World League.
• The last win for Korea over Canada in a world level major competition came at the 2007 World League (3-0).

Canada
• Canada lost 3-0 to Russia in their first match at the VNL.
• Canada recorded back-to-back defeats just once at last year's World League, against Serbia and Brazil (both 3-1).
• Canada have not failed to win a set in successive major world level matches since losing to USA and Japan in straight sets at the 2015 World Cup.
• Canada are on a five-match winning streak against Asian sides at major world level, including winning their last four in straight sets.
• Bradley Robert Gunter scored 15 points for Canada against Russia, at least twice the amount of any of his teammates.

Korea
• Korea opened their VNL campaign with a 3-0 defeat to Poland.
• At last year's World League, Korea lost successive matches only once: against Japan and The Netherlands (both 3-0).
• Six of Korea's last seven wins at world level came in five sets. The only exception in this run was a 3-0 win against the Czech Republic at last year's World League.
• Seo Jae-Duck was Korea's leading scorer against Poland on nine points.

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