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Turkey host Brazil in bid to stay undefeated


Lausanne, Switzerland, May 19, 2018 - Turkey, one of the only two (along with The Netherlands) undefeated teams after the first week of the 2018 FIVIB Volleyball Nations League, host Brazil on Tuesday in a bid to extend their winning streak in the competition to four games. But history is against Turkey, who have beaten the South American Champions and winners of the last FIVB World Grand Prix in 2017 only once in eight tries and never since 2014.

• Turkey have won only one of their previous eight encounters with Brazil at major world level tournaments.
• The women's world level major competitions are: the VNL, Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, World Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup.
• Turkey's sole victory was a 3-2 win in the final six at the 2014 World Grand Prix. Brazil went on to win the tournament, while Turkey finished fourth.
• Four of the last five world level meetings between Turkey and Brazil were decided in five sets, including their most recent encounter: a 3-2 Brazil win at last year's World Grand Prix.
• Brazil won both world level encounters played in Turkey, both in Ankara: 3-2 at the 2017 World Grand Prix and 3-0 at the 2016 World Grand Prix.

• Turkey won all three matches in the opening week of the VNL: 3-0 against Italy and Poland, and 3-2 versus United States.
• Turkey could start a major world level tournament with four victories for the first time.
• Turkey have won their last four fixtures at major world level. The only previous time they recorded four successive wins at world level was during the 2012 World Grand Prix where they posted a five-match winning streak.
• Turkey have won only one of their last nine world level fixtures played on home soil, a 3-1 win against Belgium in Ankara at last year's World Grand Prix. They had won seven of the previous nine matches in Turkey at major world level tournaments.

• Brazil have won their last two VNL matches, after posting a 3-1 defeat to Germany in their opening match.
• Brazil have lost only two of their last 30 major world level fixtures played in Europe: 3-0 versus Serbia at the 2017 World Grand Prix in Ankara and 3-0 against United States in the semifinals of the 2014 World Championships in Milan.
• Brazil have lost their last two five-setters at major world level. They have not lost three world level deciders in a row since 2002-2003.
• Ana Beatriz 'Bia' Correa was Brazil's top scorer in their last VNL match. She scored 18 points against Serbia of which eight from blocks.
• Tandara Caixeta earned top scorers honours in Brazil's first two matches: 16 points against Germany and 25 versus Japan.