Bangkok, Thailand, July 8, 2016 - Thailand and China will meet in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 Group 1 fifth place match in Bangkok. If the hosts win, this will be their second ever top five finish in the World Grand Prix.
• Thailand and China will meet for the 17th time in the World Grand Prix. China have won 14 of the previous encounters.
• If Thailand lose again, China will equal United States as team with most defeats against Thailand in the World Grand Prix (15).
• The last two matches between these teams at the World Grand Prix ended in a straight sets defeat for Thailand.
• The last win by Thailand over China at the World Grand Prix came in 2012 when Thailand prevailed after five sets.
• A win would see Thailand finish fifth in this World Grand Prix. They finished in the top 5 only once before in the World Grand Prix as they came fourth in 2012.
• Thailand have lost their last five matches. They can lose six consecutive World Grand Prix matches for the first time after losing seven in 2006.
• Ajcharaporn Kongyot has scored 166 points at the 2016 World Grand Prix, 101 more than any other player from Thailand as Wilavan Apinyapong follows with 65.
• China have lost their last three World Grand Prix matches as they lost in the final round against United States (3-0) and Netherlands (3-2). They also lost their last match in Pool H against United States (3-0).
• China have not lost four in a row at the World Grand Prix since 2012.
• A win will see China in fifth place at the World Grand Prix. China have finished in fifth seven times already, which makes it the most common finishing place in the World Grand Prix for them.
• China ended their last eight World Grand Prix campaigns with a loss. Their last win in the closing match came in 2007 when they won in straight sets against Brazil.