Talking Stats: Russia overcome five-set losing spell; Italy end losing streak
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 16, 2014 – Russia prevailed a five-set match against Iran, while Italy scored a straight sets victory over USA, in the opening matches of the Final Six of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League at the Nelson Mandela Forum on Wednesday.
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Meanwhile, Italy pierced the defence of USA just enough to finish the match in straight sets. The Italians showed better control in the end game and commanded strong performances from Ivan Zaytsev and Jiri Kovar, who scored 21 and 10 points, respectively.
- Italy have ended their longest losing streak of six matches in World League history.
- USA are on a downhill and have now lost three of their last four World League matches – all three are straight-set defeats.
- The last time Italy started the Final Round with a straight sets victory was in 2004 in Rome, where the Final Round was last held in Italy.
- Italy have now won three World League matches without losing a set this season, equalling their total straight set wins from 2013.