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Best Players – Boyer tops scoring game, leads France to seventh win

 
Stephen Boyer sits on top of the scoring charts as he led France to earn its seventh win in eight matches in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 18, 2017 – Stephen Boyer of France hold the top spot as best scorer across all groups in the FIVB Volleyball World League; with a total of 151 points, which he built on 124 spikes, 12 blocks and 15 service aces.

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The French opposite scored 25 points on Saturday, to lead France to its seventh win in Group 1, following their straight-set win over Canada. He has been France’s go-to player, who has been prolific in scoring in their last seven outings.



Trailing Boyer in the best scorer category is the United StatesTaylor Sander, who scored the most points on Saturday. Sander charted 28 points in their five-set loss to Russia. He is tied in second place with Bulgarian superstar Tsvetan Sokolov. Both have a total of 129 points in eight matches.

Boyer is also on top of the best server list with a total of 15 aces in eight matches. He has shown fine form all throughout the preliminary round for France, which are hoping to match their 2015 achievement and climb the top podium once again this year. Last year they missed the opportunity to win the title, but still managed to finish with a bronze medal.



Another French player, Julien Lyneel, has been consistent from the attack line with a 57.39 success rate, behind him is Marko Ivovic of Serbia, which averaged 54.61 from the three-metre line. Their performances reflect their team’s standing, as France and Serbia are first and second in the Group 1 standing, respectively.

Nikolay Nikolov of Bulgaria is still the best blocker in Group 1 with 25 stuff blocks, followed closely by Ilyas Kurkaev of Russia who had 22 blocks, including his six blocks in their match against the USA on Saturday.

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Brazil’s Bruno Rezende is on top of the best setter category, with a setting average of 6.22 per set. Iran’s Mir Saeid Marouflakrani is the second best playmaker with an average of 5.55 per set.

Canadian libero Blair Cameron Bann is the king of floor defence as he holds on to his reign in the best digger category, while Mauricio Silva emerged as the best receiver in Group 1.

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In Group 2, Chuan Jiang of China still overshadowed Wouter Ter Maat of the Netherlands as best scorer. The Chinese opposite amassed 140 points, including his 23-point performance in China’s 3-1 win over Australia
 in Kunshan. Ter Maat has 129 points so far in the tournament.

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Ter Maat, however, is the more efficient spiker. The Dutch opposite is third in the best spiker list behind Australia’s Nathan Roberts and Japan’s Masahiro Yanagida.

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Yanagida helped Japan in their 3-2 win over Turkey on Saturday, as he scored five aces, making him the top server in the group. His team-mate Naonobu Fujii is Group 2’s top play director with a high setting average of 9.88 per set.

In Group 3, Andres Villena of Spain becomes the best scorer in the group as he garnered 111 points from 97 spikes, nine blocks and five aces. Villena tallied 22 points against in their semifinal match-up against Germany, which led to a stunning straight-set win for the Spaniards.

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Ardo Kreek of Estonia helped his team reach the Group 3 finals on their debut with a total of 19 stuff blocks. Kreek is the top net defender of the European side that defeated Mexico in the second semifinal match.

Mexico captain and setter Pedro Rangel is Group 3’s best server with 16 aces.

Top Scorer by Day

32 - Chuan Jiang of China v Turkey on June 2
29 - Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v Argentina on June 3
28 - Metin Toy of Turkey v Netherlands on June 4
17 - Urpo Sivula of Finland v Slovakia on June 8 (only two matches)
27 - Maxim Michshenko of Kazakhstan v Tunisia on June 9
25 - Hamza Nagga of Tunisia v Chinese Taipei on June 10
31 – Giulio Sabbi of Italy v Russia on June 11
24 – Benjamin Patch of USA v Iran on June 15 (only two matches)
27 – Paul Carroll of Australia v Japan on June 16
28 – Taylor Sander of USA v Russia on June 17

Top Scoring Performances

32 - Chuan Jiang of China v Turkey on June 2
31 – Giulio Sabbi of Italy v Russia on June 11
29 - Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v Argentina on June 3
29 - Nathan Roberts of Australia v Portugal on June 2
28 – Taylor Sander of USA v Russia on June 17
28 - Metin Toy of Turkey v Netherlands on June 4
27 – Paul Carroll of Australia v Japan on June 16
27 - Maxim Michshenko of Kazakhstan v Tunisia on June 9
27 - Evandro Guerra of Brazil v Iran on June 3

Top Individual Serving Performances

7 - Ahmed Abdelhay of Egypt v Czech Republic on June 9
6 – Thibault Rossard of France v Italy on June 16
6 – Valdir Sequeira of Portugal v Finland on June 16
6 - Pedro Rangel of Mexico v Greece on June 3
6 - Maxim Zhigalov of Russia v Argentina on June 2
5 – Masahiro Yanagida of Japan v Turkey on June 17
5 – Dmitriy Volkov of Russia v Poland on June 15
5 - Masahiro Yanagida of Japan v Slovenia on June 10
5 - Rafail Koumentakis of Greece v Spain on June 4
4 – Lourenco Martins of Portugal v Egypt on June 17
4 – Chuan Jiang of China v Australia on June 17
4 – Luciano De Cecco of Argentina v Serbia on June 16
4 – Iacopo Botto of Italy v France on June 16
4 – Cristian Poglajen of Argentina v Iran on June 11
4 – Wouter Ter Maat of Netherlands v Egypt on June 11
4 – Menelaos Kokkinakis of Greece v Estonia on June 11
4 – Egor Feoktistov of Russia v Italy on June 11
4 – Dmitriy Volkov of Russia v Italy on June 11
4 – Iacopo Botto of Italy v Russia on June 11
4 - Pedro Rangel of Mexico v Austria on June 10
4 - Aleksandr Minic of Montenegro v Kazakhstan on June 10
4 - Klemen Cebulj of Slovenia v Japan on June 10
4 - Sergey Antipkin of Russia v France on June 9
4 - Farhad Ghaemi of Iran v Belgium on June 9
4 - John Gordon Perrin of Canada v Brazil on June 9
4 - Lincoln Alexander Williams of Australia v Slovakia on June 9
4 - Nicolai Grabmueller of Austria v Kazakhstan on June 4
4 - John Gordon Perrin of Canada v USA on June 3
4 - Bartlomiej Lemanski of Poland v Italy on June 3
4 - Marko Ivovic of Serbia v USA on June 2

Top Team Serving Performances

14 – Portugal v Finland on June 16
12 – Portugal v Egypt on June 17
12 – Italy v Russia on June 11
12 - Egypt v Czech Republic on June 9
12 - Turkey v Netherlands on June 4
11 – France v Italy on June 16
11 - Serbia v USA on June 2
10 – Canada v Belgium on June 16
10 - Venezuela v Kazakhstan on June 3
9 – Italy v France on June 16
9 - Canada v Serbia on June 4
9 - Serbia v Canada on June 4
9 - Belgium v USA on June 4
9 - USA v Canada on June 3

Top Individual Blocking Performances

9 - Peter Ondrovic of Slovakia v China on June 10
7 - Graham Vigrass of Canada v Bulgaria on June 10
7 - Nikolay Nikolov of Bulgaria v Canada on June 10
7- Simon Van De Voorde of Belgium v Argentina on June 10
7 - Samuel Walker of Australia v Slovakia on June 3
7 - Bozidar Cuk of Montenegro v Tunisia on June 2
6 – Nikolay Nikolov of Bulgaria v Serbia on June 17
6 – Ilyas Kurkaev of Russia v USA on June 17
6 – Matteo Piano of Italy v France on June 16
6 - Hamza Nagga of Tunisia v Montenegro on June 11
6 – Ardo Kreek of Estonia v Greece on June 11
6 - Denis Biriukov of Russia v Bulgaria on June 4
6 - Emerson Gonzalez of Venezuela v Kazakhstan on June 3
6 - Filip Cveticanin of Portugal v Japan on June 3
6 - Ales Holubec of Czech Republic v Finland on June 3
6 - Alen Pajenk of Slovenia v Korea on June 3

Top Team Blocking Performances

21 – Bulgaria v Serbia on June 17
21 – Qatar v Venezuela on June 11
21 - Slovakia v China on June 10
21 - Slovenia v Korea on June 3
21 - Montenegro v Tunisia on June 2
18 – Tunisia v Montenegro on June 11
18 - Russia v Bulgaria on June 4
18 - Australia v Slovakia on June 3
18 - Czech Republic v Finland on June 3
17 – Russia v USA on June 17
17 – Italy v France on June 16
17 - Russia v France on June 3

Highest Scoring Sets

45-43 – Qatar v Venezuela on June 11
43-41 – China v Turkey on June 16
39-37 – Slovakia v Egypt on June 16
33-31 – Italy v Russia on June 11
31-29 – Russia v USA on June 17
30-28 – Argentina v Serbia on June 16
30-28 – USA v Iran on June 15
30-28 - Kazakhstan v Tunisia on June 9
30-28 - Slovakia v Australia on June 3
30-28 - Canada v Bulgaria on June 10
29-27 – USA v Russia on June 17
29-27 – Australia v Japan on June 16
29-27 – Spain v Austria on June 11
29-27 – Iran v Argentina on June 11
29-27 – Venezuela v Qatar on June 11
29-27 - Qatar v Greece on June 10
29-27 - China v Netherlands on June 3
28-26 – Turkey v Slovenia on June 11
28-26 - Germany v Spain on June 10
28-26 - Belgium v USA on June 4
27-25 – Korea v Czech Republic on June 17
27-25 – Italy v Belgium on June 17
27-25 – Poland v Canada on June 11
27-25 - Japan v Turkey on June 9
27-25 - Bulgaria v Russia on June 4
27-25 - Mexico v Qatar on June 4
27-25 - France v Argentina on June 4
27-25 - Netherlands v Egypt on June 2
27-25 - Tunisia v Montenegro on June 2
27-25 - Netherlands v Egypt on June 2
27-25 - Slovakia v Japan on June 2

Highest Scoring Matches

231 – Italy v Russia 2-3 (33-31, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 10-15) on June 11
230 – USA v Russia – 2-3 (29-31, 25-17, 19-25, 29-27, 13-15) on June 17
223 – Qatar v Venezuela 3-1 (27-29, 25-16, 45-43, 25-13) on June 11
223 – Serbia v Argentina 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 28-30, 15-12) on June 16
222 - Korea v Czech Republic 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-12) on June 2
220 – Iran v Argentina 3-2 (29-25, 25-20, 20-25, 23-25,15-11) on June 11
220 - Turkey v Netherlands 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 24-26, 17-15) on June 4
219 – Australia v Japan 3-2 (29-27, 18-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-9) on June 16
219 - Czech Republic v Egypt 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 16-14) on June 9
219 - Korea v Finland 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13) on June 4
219 - Australia v Portugal 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 20-18) on June 2
217 - Belgium v Canada 2-3 (22-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 13-15) on June 2
215 - Turkey v China 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 24-26, 15-12) on June 2
214 - Bulgaria v Argentina 2-3 (23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 12-15) on June 3
213 – Bulgaria v Serbia 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 25-23, 24-25, 15-12) on June 17
212 - Belgium v Argentina 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 15-6) on June 10


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