Serbia in must-win situation


Kyoto, Japan, June 25, 2016 - Serbia need this victory in order to save a shot at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 Group 1 finals as they meet the hosts of the finals Thailand on the last competition day in Kyoto.

• Serbia and Thailand have met four times at the World Grand Prix.
• Serbia won their first meeting in the competition in 2011 (3-0) after which Thailand won the following three - 3-1 in 2012 and 3-2 wins in 2014 and 2015.
• Thailand have only won more World Grand Prix matches against Puerto Rico (5) and Cuba (4) than against Serbia (3).

• For the fifth match in a row Serbia played a five-setter in the competition. They have won four of them, including the last three (versus Belgium, Russia and Japan).
• Serbia have now won more five-setters in 2016 (4) than in their previous World Grand Prix participations combined (3). Still, their record in five-setters in the competition is seven wins to 12 defeats.
• Serbia can win four successive World Grand Prix matches for the first time since a run of six from 2012-2013.
• Brankica Mihajlovic scored most points for Serbia against Japan (24). Milena Rasic (18), Tijana Bošković (18) and Stefana Veljkovic (16) also reached double figures in that match.
• Jovana Brakocevic is Serbia's top scorer in the competition with 99 points.

• Thailand lost 3-1 to Russia despite outspiking their opponents 42 to 38.
• Thailand have now won two of their eight matches at the 2016 World Grand Prix. They need one more win to equal their three victories of last year. 
• Ajcharaporn Kongyot is among Group 1's best scorers with 124 points (107 spikes, 7 blocks, 10 aces). She is also one of the best servers with 10 aces, averaging 0.36 per set.
• Thailand also currently have two of the best receivers in Group 1 with Wilavan Apinyapong (54.30%) and Piyanut Pannoy (48.85%).


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