Turkey hope to start with victory at home


Ankara, Turkey, June 23, 2016 - Turkey and Belgium already met in FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016. Two weeks ago, at the Group 1 tournament in Russia, Turkey shut out their opponent. On Friday, they meet again, this time in the Turkish capital Ankara.

• Belgium are hoping to even the score against Turkey at the World Grand Prix as the Belgians won one of their previous three meetings in the competition.
• Turkey won their most recent World Grand Prix meeting, two weeks ago on 10 June, in straight sets.
• Turkey's Polen Uslupehlivan scored a staggering 19 of her team's 45 points from spikes in that match. Belgium's Freya Aelbrecht scored five points from blocks, three more than the whole team of Turkey combined.

• Turkey lost their last World Grand Prix match 3-0 against United States.
• They have never lost back-to-back World Grand Prix matches in straight sets.
• Coming into this weekend of play, only Russia's Nataliya Goncharova (120) has scored more points in Group 1 than Polen Uslupehlivan (114).
• Turkey have the best server of Group 1. Nursevil Aydinlar scored 11 aces from 88 attempts, an average of 0.48 per set.

• Belgium are still waiting for their first win at the 2016 World Grand Prix. 
• Their last win in the competition came in their final match of 2015 against Russia (3-0).
• Lise Van Hecke leads her teammates in scoring with 78 points (71 spikes, 7 blocks).
• Coming into this weekend of play, only Russia's Irina Zaryazhko (24), Irina Fetisova (17) and China's Yunli Xu (16) have scored more points from stuff blocks in Group 1 than Laura Heyrman (15).


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