World League review - Group 2


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2015 - Belgium made it four wins out of four matches this year defeating Finland twice this weekend in FIVB Volleyball World League Group 2.

Pool C: Argentina - Cuba (May 29 and 30)
• Argentina won the first meeting against Cuba in straight sets, their third win in 15 meetings in total.
• It marked only the second time in 15 meetings Cuba failed to win a single set, after a 3-0 defeat in 1999.
• After losing the first two matches of this campaign to Canada in straight sets, Cuba had lost three consecutive FIVB Volleyball World League matches in straight sets for the third time in their history after 1993-1994 and 2013. 
• The second match ended in a five-set win for Cuba. Argentina have lost all of their World League matches against Cuba that needed five sets (5 matches).

Pool C: Bulgaria - Canada (May 30 and 31)
• Bulgaria's 3-2 win against Canada in the second match this weekend was only their second win in their last 17 World League matches. They also beat USA in June 2014.
• Bulgaria are now W5-L5 in all 10 five-set matches in their World League history.
• Canada suffered their first World League defeat this year after having won their first three matches, to copy their start from the 2014 edition.

Pool D: Korea Republic - France (May 30 and 31)
• France won both meetings with Korea Republic in Week 3 of the World League, the first 3-1 and the second 3-0.
• France have now beaten Korea Republic in eight consecutive World League meetings.
• France have won 18 of their last 22 World League matches.

• Song Myung-Geun scored 19 points in Korea's 3-0 defeat to France, most of all players in this match. Seo Jae-Duck was the second-best scorer for Korea with five points.

Pool D: Japan - Czech Republic (May 30 and 31)
• Japan recorded their first win over Czech Republic in the World League in the match on 30 May (3-1).
• Japan were leading 2-0 in the second match, but Czech Republic won in five sets.
• Czech Republic have won seven of their 10 five-set matches. The won the last two five-set matches after trailing two sets, against Portugal in June 2014 and against Japan this weekend.
• Japan won their opening match for the first time since 2008, when they beat China. That year marked Japan's equal best World League performance, finishing in sixth place (also 6 in 1990 and 1993).

Pool E: Belgium - Finland (May 30 and 31)
• After their two victories last week in Tampere, Belgium also beat Finland in the returns in Kortrijk. Both wins in Week 3 came in four sets.
• Belgium have now won five consecutive World League matches, their longest ever winning streak in the competition.
• Only once before Finland started a World League campaign with four defeats. In 2008 they lost their first seven matches.
• Sam Deroo has led the scoring in all four matches against Finland at the 2015 World League and is currently leading the scoring table in Group 2 with 88 points.


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