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2019 Men’s VNL – June 8 – Pool 5 – Head-to-Head Stats


France are on a five-match winning streak at the 2019 VNL

Ningbo, China, June 8, 2019 – Poland are aiming to get back on the winning track as they face winless Bulgaria, while France are pursuing a 5-0 winning start in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Poland – Bulgaria (June 8, 2019)

• Poland and Bulgaria last met at a world level major tournament last September at the World Championship. Poland won 3-1.
• World level major tournaments are: Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Grand Champions Cup.
• Last year, these teams met at the Volleyball Nations League, with Poland winning in four sets.
The last time Bulgaria defeated Poland in a world level major tournament was in the 2017 World League (3-2).

• Poland have lost their last two Volleyball Nations League matches, after starting their 2019 campaign with back-to-back wins.
• Poland could equal their record losing streak of three at the VNL, set last season against Iran, United States and Serbia.
• Last season, Poland started their VNL campaign by winning their first five games before losing their sixth match.
Against France on Friday, Piotr Lukasik led his side in scoring on 17 points. Lukasik was one of four players to reach double figures in scoring for Poland.

• Bulgaria could lose four successive Volleyball Nations League matches for the first time.
• They previously lost three VNL matches in a row on two occasions, in June 2018.
• Bulgaria suffered five of their 12 VNL defeats by a 3-0 scoreline. They also suffered five 3-1 defeats and two losses came by a score of 3-2.
Svetoslav Gotsev was Bulgaria's top scorer in their 3-0 loss to China on Friday, totalling nine points. Over half of those points, Gotsev scored from blocks (5).

China – France (June 8, 2019)

• France have won 12 of their 17 major encounters with China at world level, including 11 of their last 13.
• World level major competitions are: FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Grand Champions Cup.
China's only victory in their last five major encounters with France came in the Volleyball Nations League last season, in which China triumphed in five sets in Lódz, Poland.
• Chuan Jiang led China on 37 points in that match. No other player on either side in that contest contributed more than 17 points to his team's cause.

• On Friday, China beat Bulgaria 3-0, ending a five-match losing streak at the Volleyball Nations League.
• China have now won two of their last 12 VNL matches. Apart from the aforementioned victory over Bulgaria, they also beat Japan in this run on 22 June 2018 (3-1).
• China could win successive VNL matches for the first time.
Chuan Jiang scored a match-high 16 points in their victory over Bulgaria on Friday, while Zhejia Zhang (12) and Libin Liu (11) also reached double figures in scoring.

• On Friday, France maintained their perfect winning record at the 2019 Volleyball Nations League by seeing off Poland 3-1.
• France have now won each of their last five VNL matches, including last season. Last term, they established a seven-match winning run at one point.
• France have won all of their four VNL matches this season by 3-1 in sets.
Against Poland on Friday, Jean Patry paced France on 22 points, twice as many as the team's next most prolific points scorer, Nicolas Le Goff on 11 points.

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