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World Grand Prix in full swing with start of Groups 1 and 2

 
Top view of the Huamark Indoor Stadium court for the matches in Pool A of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
 
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 4, 2015 – The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix continues in full swing as Groups 1 and 2 opened their matches on Friday.

Key Points

• Thailand, Brazil, Russia, China, USA and Belgium won their matches in Group 1.
• Netherlands, Argentina, Poland and Puerto Rico triumphed in Group 2.
• Kenya, Algeria, Cuba and Colombia continued with victories on the second week of Group 3.

In Group 1, Thailand made a brilliant finish at home in the deciding set to snatch a home win against former World Grand Prix bronze medallists Serbia 3-2 (25-17, 15-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-11), while Brazil dominated their 2014 World Grand Prix Final Six rivals Japan 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 27-25) in Pool A. 

Russia suffered a minor setback in the second frame but regained their composure for a 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-20, 25-20) win over Germany, while Pool B hosts China crushed the Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-15, 25-12, 25-9) in Ningbo. USA thumped Italy in the four-setter (25-27, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23), while Belgium defeated Pool C hosts Turkey 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-23) in Ankara.

In Group 2, the Netherlands routed Czech Republic 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 26-24, 25-18), while Argentina gripped a 3-1 (25-19, 26-24, 15-25, 25-16) win over Croatia in Pool J. Poland had a good blocking game that destabilised the Bulgarian attack for a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-22) victory, while Puerto Rico needed four sets to finish their match against Canada (25-18, 25-10, 24-26, 25-14) in Pool K.

Meanwhile, in Group 3, youngster Melissa Vargas spearheaded the Cuban squad in their 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-23) win over Kazakhstan, while Colombia claimed their third victory in four matches after their 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-23) win over Peru in Pool P. Kenya swept their match against Mexico 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-22), while Algeria underwent a difficult 3-2 (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 15-10) match against Australia in Pool Q.

Top scoring performances
• 23 - Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu of Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)
• 23 - Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu of Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 22 – Judith Pietersen of Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 26)
• 22 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Kenya (June 26)
• 20 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Colombia (June 27)
• 20 – Andrea Rangel of Mexico v Kenya (June 27)
• 20 – Nataliya Goncharova of Russia v Germany (July 3)
• 17 - Sana Anarkulova of Kazakhstan v Cuba (June 28)

Top scoring performances by team
• 106 – Algeria v Australia (July 3)
• 106 – Kenya v Mexico (June 27)
• 103 - Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 103 – Thailand v Serbia (July 3)
• 100 – Australia v Algeria (July 3)
• 100 – USA v Italy (July 3)
• 100 – Serbia v Thailand (July 3)
• 99 - Kazakhstan v Cuba (June 28)
• 94 – Peru v Colombia (June 27)
• 92 – Mexico v Kenya (June 27)

Top blocking performances
• 9 – Agnieszka Kakolewska of Poland v Bulgaria (July 3)
• 9 - Daymara Lescay Cajigal of Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 7 – Katarina Osadchuk of Australia v Algeria (July 3)
• 7 – Ivonne Daniela Montano of Colombia v Peru (June 27)
• 5 – Samanta Fabris of Croatia v Mexico (July 3)
• 5 – Ruth Jepngetich of Kenya v Mexico (July 3)
• 5 – Ana Carolina da Silva of Brazil v Japan (July 3)
• 5 – Mina Popovic of Serbia v Thailand (July 3)
• 5 - Cindy Maria Ramirez of Colombia v Kenya (June 28)
• 5 – Sana Anarkulova of Kazakhstan v Australia (June 27)

Top blocking performances by team
• 21 – Poland v Bulgaria (July 3)
• 16 – Algeria v Australia (July 3)
• 16 – Brazil v Japan (July 3)
• 16 – Colombia v Peru (June 27)
• 15 – Serbia v Thailand (July 3)
• 15 – Peru v Colombia (June 27)
• 14 – Russia v Germany (July 3)
• 14 – Italy v USA (July 3)
• 13 – USA v Italy (July 3)
• 13 - Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 13 – Mexico v Kenya (June 27)
• 13 – Kazakhstan v Australia (June 27)

Top serving performances
• 7 – Jennifer Alvarez of Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)
• 5 – Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)
• 5 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Kenya (June 26)

Top serving performances by team
• 10 – Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)
• 10 - Kazakhstan v Cuba (June 28)
• 9 - Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• 9 – Cuba v Algeria (June 27)
• 9 – Cuba v Australia (June 26)
• 9 – Kenya v Mexico (June 27)

Highest scorer by round
• Day 1: 22 – Angela Leyva of Peru v Kenya (June 26)
• Day 2: 20 – Andrea Rangel of Mexico v Kenya (June 27);  Angela Leyva of Peru v Colombia (June 27)
• Day 3: 23 - Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu of Cuba v Kazakhstan (June 28)
• Day 4: 23 – Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu of Cuba v Kazakhstan (July 3)

Highest set score
• Day 1: Kazakhstan v Algeria, 25-23; Peru v Kenya, 25-23 (June 26)
• Day 2: Kazakhstan v Australia, 25-21; Peru v Colombia, 25-22; Mexico v Kenya, 25-21 (June 27)
• Day 3: Kazakhstan v Cuba, 26-24 (June 28)
• Day 4: Brazil v Japan, 27-25 (July 3)

Highest scoring matches
• Day 1: Kazakhstan v Algeria (June 26) (25-22, 25-17, 25-20) – 135 
• Day 2: Mexico v Kenya (June 27) (16-25, 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 9-15) – 198 
• Day 3: Kazakhstan v Cuba (June 28) (25-16, 12-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-13) – 212 
• Day 4: Algeria v Australia (July 3) (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 15-10) – 207 




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