Competition set to get stiffer on day 2 of World League Finals
Playing in their first World League finals, Canada is guaranteed a top six finish.|
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 18, 2013 –
beating Brazil in a five-set thriller in Wednesday’s opening match, Russia
now gets set to take on Canada on day 2 of the World League Finals. And on top
form after continuing
their winning streak against Argentina, Bulgaria prepares to meet Italy in Thursday’s
v. Canada - July 18, 2013 – 20.30 (GMT)
/ 17:30 (local time)
This will be the first ever World
League meeting between Canada and Russia. However, with 73 finals matches under
its belt, Russia has considerably more experience in the World League Finals
than Canada, who is making its debut.
Russia has now won six finals matches in a row for the first time, 10 of its last
11 dating back to 2010.
Though a surprise contender in this year’s finals, Canada is well placed to pull
off a victory being the only team beside Brazil to lose two or fewer matches
during the Intercontinental Round. Canada finished top of Pool C with an 8-2
record, one place behind Brazil’s 9-1 lead.
v. Bulgaria - July 18, 2013 – 00:00 (GMT) / 21:00 (local time)
This is the seventh meeting between Italy
and Bulgaria in the World League finals, marking the first time that Bulgaria
will have played the same opponent seven times in the Finals.
In overall World League play, Italy holds a 10-8 advantage over Bulgaria. Of
those seven World League Finals matches, Italy won the first four final encounters
from 1994-2004, but Bulgaria has won the last two, in 2006 and 2011.
WORLD LEAGUE FINALS – DAY 2 – STATISTICS
Russia v Canada
- After defeating Brazil in its opening
match of the World League finals on Wednesday, Russia has now won six finals
matches in a row for the first time, and 10 of its last 11 dating back to 2010.
- Against Brazil, Russia rallied from two sets to one down to eventually win in
five sets, the first time it had done so in the World League finals since 2003
- The win over Brazil marked the fourth straight time that Russia has won its
first match of the World League finals. The last time Russia lost its first
match was in 2008, against Brazil. Russia can now win its opening two matches
of the finals for the third straight year.
- Russia has now won 754 sets in World League play since it began competing as
Russia in 1993. By defeating Canada, Russia would improve to 757 sets won to
tie Cuba for third place on the all-time list, behind only Brazil (996 after
its loss to Russia) and Italy (891 before its match against Bulgaria).
- Canada is playing in the World League
finals for the first time and is guaranteed a top six finish. Its previous best
finish in the World League was seventh in 1992.
- Canada finished on top of Pool C with an 8-2 record, joining Brazil (9-1,
Pool A) as the only teams to lose two or fewer matches during the
- Canada can extend its national record of eight World League victories in one
year. Its previous best was six wins in 1992.
- After a 2-2 start to the 2013 campaign, Canada carries a national record
six-match World League winning streak into the clash with Russia.
- This will be the first ever World League
meeting between Canada and Russia (or Russia's ancestor states, the Soviet
Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States).
- The teams have met twice at world championship level, in 1994 and 2006, with
Russia prevailing both times.
- While Canada will be playing its first ever match in the World League finals,
Russia will be playing its 73rd finals match (or 81st including the Soviet
Union and Commonwealth of Independent States).
Bulgaria v Italy
- By defeating Argentina in its opening
match of the World League finals on Wednesday, Bulgaria snapped a three-match
finals losing streak. By defeating Italy, Bulgaria can win two finals matches
in the same year for the first time since 2006 (three wins).
- Bulgaria can win its opening two matches of the World League finals for the
third time in its history, after 1994 and 2006.
- A victory against Italy would guarantee Bulgaria a place in the semifinals
and, at worst, a fourth place finish. That would equal Bulgaria's best ever
finish in the World League, achieved on four previous occasions (most recently
- Eight of Bulgaria's last 10 World League finals losses were in straight sets.
The other two were in five sets.
- Italy won eight of the first 11 World
League titles but has been winless since 2000. Italy hasn't finished in the top
five since a second-place finish in 2004.
- Italy qualified for the 2013 finals by winning Pool B over Russia on a
countback. Both teams finished 7-3 in the Intercontinental Round.
- Italy lost its opening match of the World League finals in each of the last
three times it qualified prior to 2013 (2006, 2010 and 2011). The last time
Italy won its first match of the finals was in 2004 against Serbia and
- Beginning with its loss to Brazil in the 2004 final, Italy has lost eight of
its last nine matches in the World League finals.
- Italy's most recent World League finals match, in 2011, was also against
Bulgaria. This is the first time that Italy will play consecutive finals
matches against the same country since 2000-01, against Russia.
- In overall World League play, Italy holds
a 10-8 advantage over Bulgaria.
- This is the seventh meeting between Italy and Bulgaria in the World League
finals, marking the first time that Bulgaria will have played the same opponent
seven times in the finals. Before this match, Bulgaria had played Italy, Brazil
and Russia six times each in the finals.
- Of those seven World League finals matches, Italy won the first four finals
encounters from 1994-2004, but Bulgaria has won the last two, in 2006 and 2011.
- Five of the six previous World League finals encounters between these teams
were decided in straight sets. The only exception was a four-set win to Italy
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