Turkey race Italy for better chance at making the finals


Ankara, Turkey, June 25, 2016 - Despite having a negative FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix head-to-head record with Italy, Turkey are higher than their opponents in the current 2016 Group 1 standings and with a better shot at qualifying for the finals.

• Italy have won three of the previous four World Grand Prix meetings with Turkey. Turkey's only win came in the 2014 edition (3-1).
• These teams most recently met at the European Olympic Qualification tournament in 2016. Italy won the match for third place in five sets and qualified for the World Olympic Qualification tournament.

• Turkey's last six matches at the 2016 World Grand Prix have resulted in L-L-W-W-L-L and by that order they should win their next two matches.
• They had a run of seven defeats from the start of the 2015 World Grand Prix.
• Polen Uslupehlivan has scored 132 points. Only Russia's Nataliya Goncharova has more, 140.
• Özge Nur Yurtdagülen has scored 14 points from blocks.
• Nursevil Aydinlar leads all players with 11 aces.

• Italy could lose four matches in a row at this World Grand Prix. They suffered four successive defeats in 2015.
• None of their seven matches at the 2016 World Grand Prix finished in straight sets.
• Paola Ogechi Egonu has scored 96 points. Her 44.6% success rate with spikes is the second highest of all players behind Lonneke Slöetjes (NED, 44.9%)
• Monica De Gennaro has an average of 2.5 digs per set (76 digs).


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