Americans and Dutch get things going in Bangkok


Bangkok, Thailand, July 4, 2016 - Defending champions USA and the Netherlands will open for business the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 Group 1 finals in Thailand on Wednesday.

• United States and Netherlands have met 13 times at the World Grand Prix. United States won eight of those matches, Netherlands five.
• United States won their last two World Grand Prix matches against Netherlands, including in this year's edition on 25 June (3-1). This ended the Dutch streak of three consecutive wins between 2005 and 2009.
• United States have never won three World Grand Prix matches in a row against Netherlands. They won two in a row four times (including current streak).
• Netherlands have only lost more World Grand Prix matches against China (13) and Brazil (10) than versus United States (8). 

United States
• United States have won four of the last six World Grand Prix tournaments (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015).
• Since the start of the 2015 World Grand Prix, United States have lost only two of their 23 matches. Both of these defeats came against China, once in 2015 and once in 2016.
• They are currently on a six-match winning streak, losing only two sets in this run (four straight set wins). One of these set losses came against Netherlands on 25 June.
• Kimberley Hill is on a team-high 87 points at the 2016 World Grand Prix. She also has scored a joint team-high nine aces along with Rachael Adams.

• In their last weekend of play, Netherlands lost two of their three matches at the World Grand Prix, as both China and United States proved too strong.
• They won their most recent match at the World Grand Prix against Germany (3-0) and could win consecutive matches for the third time in 2016. 
• Lonneke Slöetjes has scored a team-high 169 points at this year's World Grand Prix. She has scored more points than the second (Celeste Plak, 79) and third (Anne Buijs, 78) most prolific top scorer of Netherlands combined (157). 
• Only Russia's Nataliya Goncharova (185) has scored more points than Slöetjes in Group 1 of the World Grand Prix. 


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