Kaliningrad, Russia, June 12, 2016 - Hosts Russia are targeting a perfect record at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 Group 1 tournament in Kaliningrad. They have already defeated the Netherlands and Belgium, but have one more challenge to face - the team of Turkey.
• Russia have won their last three World Grand Prix matches against Turkey (all in 2014 and 2015).
• Turkey's only win over Russia came back in their first meeting on 3 August 2014: 3-2.
• None of the previous four matches between these teams ended in a straight set win/loss.
• Last year Turkey beat Russia 3-1 in the quarterfinal at the inaugural European Games. Turkey would go on to win the tournament.
• Russia followed up a 3-1 win over Netherlands in their 2016 World Grand Prix opening match with a 3-0 victory over Belgium on Saturday.
• Russia can kick-off a World Grand Prix campaign with three wins in a row for the first time since 2011, when they won their opening six matches
• Russia have now won their last three World Grand Prix matches and can win four in a row for the first time in the competition since a seven-match winning streak between August 2013 and August 2014. That run was ended by a 3-2 defeat against Turkey.
• Yana Shcherban scored a match-high 10 points in Russia's 3-0 win over Belgium (9 spikes).
• Turkey lost 3-0 to Netherlands in their last World Grand Prix match, ending a three-match winning streak in the competition.
• Despite the straight sets defeat, Polen Uslupehlivan finished as the match's top scorer with 17 points.
• Turkey have never lost consecutive World Grand Prix matches by a 3-0 score line.
• All of Turkey's last three World Grand Prix matches finished in straight sets: two wins and one defeat. Their 3-2 win over Germany on 17 July 2015 was the last time one of their matches had a different score line.