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Poland defend unbeaten head-to-head record with Argentina


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2, 2018 - Poland eneded a four-match losing at the close of Week 3 and now look for back-to-back wins when they host winless Argentina Tuesday in Bydgoszcz. The Poles have never once lost to Argentina in nine previous encounters. The two sides meet for the second time in this city, after the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix, when the hosts won in straight sets.

• Poland have won all nine world level major tournament matches against Argentina. The Poles already hold the record for most world level major tournament victories versus the Argentinians.
• The women's world level major competitions are: the VNL, Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, World Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup.
• Of Poland's nine world level major tournament victories against Argentina, seven were in straight sets and the other two went to a deciding set.
• Poland have played Argentina in a world level major tournament match in Bydgoszcz once before. The hosts won in straight sets in the 2011 World Grand Prix.

• Poland have lost six of their nine Nations League matches. The straight sets win against Korea in their final fixture of week three ended a four-match losing streak.
• Poland have lost five of their six world level major tournament matches in Bydgoszcz, with the only exception a straight sets victory against Argentina in the 2011 World Grand Prix.
• Poland's only previous VNL match against South American opposition was a straight sets defeat versus Brazil on 30 May. That ended a nine-match winning streak in world level major tournament matches against South American opposition.
• After the opening three weeks of the VNL, Malwina Smarzek (212) is the leading points scorer (Brazil's Tandara Caixeta next with 178).
• Smarzek has been Poland's leading scorer in all nine of their VNL matches.

• Argentina have lost all nine VNL matches, including each of the last seven in straight sets. All other teams have won at least two fixtures in this year's tournament.
• Argentina have won at least one match in each of their last eight world level major tournaments, since they lost all nine fixtures in the 2012 World Grand Prix.
• Argentina have won only two VNL sets, in 3-1 defeats against Russia and The Netherlands in their opening two fixtures in the tournament.
• Argentina have equalled their team record of seven consecutive world level major tournament defeats in straight sets, first done at the 2003 World Cup. They ended that streak by winning the third set of a 3-1 loss against the Dominican Republic.
• Argentina's three leading VNL scorers have amassed 224 points between them (Anahi Florencia Tosi 91, Elina Rodriguez 67, Antonela Fortuna 66), only 12 more than Poland's Malwina Smarzek (212) has amassed herself.