Germany seeking first 2016 win in World Grand Prix


Hong Kong, Hong Kong, June 23, 2016 - USA have suffered only one loss in FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 Group 1 so far, but as they open the tournament in Hong Kong with a match against Germany, they will be facing a team desperate to achieve its first victory of the season.

• Germany and United States will meet for the third time at the 2016 World Grand Prix. United States won both previous meetings this year (3-0, 3-1).
• Louisa Lippmann scored most points for Germany in both those matches (10 and 13). Kelsey Robinson was USA's most prolific scorer in match 1 (11 points) and Karsta Lowe in match 2 (20).
• This will be the 19th encounter between the teams at the World Grand Prix. United States won the first eight and the last six, while Germany won the four meetings in-between. 

• Germany are hoping to secure their first win at the 2016 World Grand Prix.
• The only time Germany failed to win a single match at an edition of the World Grand Prix was 1995.
• Louisa Lippmann leads her teammates in scoring with 81 points (69 spikes, 11 blocks, 1 ace).
• Coming into this weekend of play, only Turkey's Nursevil Aydinlar (11) and Japan's Saori Sakoda (10) have served up more aces in Group 1 than Wiebke Silge (8).
• In addition, Lenka Dürr currently is the third-best digger (2.50 average per set) and receiver (50.5%) in Group 1.

United States
• United States have won five of their six matches at this year's World Grand Prix, only losing 3-1 against China.
• United States have won at least one set in each of their last 23 World Grand Prix matches.
• Of United States' last seven wins in the competition, six have been in straight sets.
• Coming into this weekend of play, Alisha Glass is the second-best setter in Group 1 with an average of 4.05 per set. Only Brazil's Danielle Lins (5.23) has a better average.


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