Talking Stats: USA reach third World League final; Brazil get chance to add more silverware
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 19, 2014 – USA
reached the final of the FIVB Volleyball World League for the third time in
history, while Brazil got a strong build-up to improve their medal count of
nine gold, four silver and four bronze, making them the most successful team at
the premier annual men’s competition.
- USA have been to the finals
twice when they took the top podium in 2008 and second place in 2012.
- Brazil made a repeat of their London 2012 Olympic Games performance by beating Italy in straight sets in the semifinal match.
- The last time Brazil beat Italy in straight sets in the World League was in the 2001 final.
- Italy have lost by a big margin to Brazil on the first set 25-21, the last time they lost a World League set with a big margin was in 2005, when they were defeated by the Bulgarians 25-10.
Italy suffered their second straight set defeat this World League season.