Bangkok, Thailand, June 6, 2019 - Dominican Republic v Bulgaria and Thailand v Turkey are the two fascinating matches fans can look forward to in Bangkok on Thursday.
Dominican Republic - Bulgaria (June 6, 2019)
· Dominican Republic and Bulgaria meet for the fifth time at a major world level competition (FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup). Both nations have recorded two wins in their previous encounters.
· Their most recent major world level meetings came at the 2016 World Grand Prix. Bulgaria won 3-2 on 3 June of that year, while Dominican Republic won 3-0 a week later. Both teams qualified for the Final Four in group 2, with Dominican Republic finishing in first and Bulgaria in fourth place.
· Dominican Republic also won at the 2013 World Grand Prix (3-2), while Bulgaria were victorious at the 1978 World Championships (3-0).
· Dominican Republic both won four and lost four of their eight matches at the 2019 Volleyball Nations League. In 2018, the team won three of their 15 VNL matches.
· After a 3-2 win over Thailand on Wednesday, Dominican Republic could win multiple VNL matches in a row for the second time. They won their last match of 2018 and their first two matches in 2019.
· There were 231 points scored in Dominican Republic's victory over Thailand, a new record in a single VNL match. Dominican Republic (110) scored 11 points fewer than Thailand (121), but still won.
· After losing all three five-setters in the 2018 VNL, Dominican Republic have won both VNL matches in 2019 played over five sets (versus United States and Thailand).
· Brayelin Elizabeth Martínez scored 36 points in the victory over Thailand, most for any Dominican player in a VNL match and third-most all-time for any player in a single VNL game.
· In total, Martínez has scored 175 points in the 2019 VNL. In last year's VNL, she netted a total of 250 points.
· Bulgaria have lost all of their eight matches in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League, their debut campaign in the competition.
· Only Argentina (12) have had a longer VNL losing streak from the start of their debut in the competition.
· Bulgaria won at least one set in five of their eight VNL matches. They lost in straight sets against USA (last year's winners), Brazil (last year's semi-finalists) and Turkey (last years' runners-up).
· Gergana Dimitrova scored a team-high 11 points in the 3-0 defeat against Turkey on Wednesday to become the first Bulgarian player to reach 100+ points in the competition (105).
Thailand - Turkey (June 6, 2019)
· On 6 June 2018, Turkey beat Thailand 3-1 in Nakhon Ratchasima, in these teams' only previous clash at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Hande Baladin scored a match-high 19 points.
· Turkey have won four of their five matches against Thailand in world level major competitions (FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup), with the only exception a straight-set defeat at the 2017 World Grand Prix.
· Only one of Turkey's four wins over Thailand at world level came in straight sets, a 3-0 victory at the 2013 World Grand Prix in Ankara.
· Thailand suffered a 3-2 defeat against Dominican Republic on Wednesday, despite outscoring them by 11 points (121 versus 110).
· The 131 points scored in the match were a new record for a single Volleyball Nations League match.
· Thailand have already won more Volleyball Nations League matches in 2019 (3) than in 2018 (2). They have won one match every week in 2019, including 3-1 against Bulgaria earlier this week.
· Chatchu-On Moksri netted a team-high 23 points in the defeat against Dominican Republic. Pleumjit Thinkaow (20) and Ajcharaporn Kongyot (19) also scored at least 19 points.
· Kongyot is Thailand's top scorer in the 2019 VNL on 107 points, followed by Moksri on 94. In the 2018 VNL, Kongyot (187) and Moksri (160) ended up as Thailand's top scorers.
· Turkey have won seven of their eight matches in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League, with the exception of a 3-0 defeat against Japan on 28 May.
· Turkey have won four successive VNL matches for the first time. The last time they won five successive matches within a major world level tournament was at the 2012 World Grand Prix.
· Turkey claimed five 3-0 wins in the 2019 VNL, joint-most with China. In 2018, Turkey had a total of six straight-set wins in the Volleyball Nations League.
· Turkey have won all their previous five VNL matches in Thailand, victories against Japan, Thailand and Korea in Nakhon Ratchasima in June 2018 and versus Dominican Republic and Bulgaria in Bangkok this year.
· Ebrar Karakurt scored 18 points in the 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Wednesday, at least six more than any other player on the field. On 91 points, Karakurt is Turkey's top scorer in the Nations League.
· With a 52% success rate in spikes, Karakurt is the best attacker in the 2019 VNL.
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