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China hoping to follow up on Sunday's success

 
Tokyo, Japan, May 30, 2016 - China finished the second competition day at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament on a high note - with a win against hosts Japan, while Venezuela have a 0-2 win-loss record.  Both teams need the victory from their face-to-face encounter on Tuesday.

Head-to-head
• The last encounter between the teams at a World Olympic Qualification tournament was in Tokyo in 2012. China won 3-1 but both countries failed to qualify for the Olympic Games in London. 
• China and Venezuela met once at the Olympic Games. In 2008, China proved too strong in the group stage (3-2).
• That match at the Olympic Games was their most recent meeting besides the World Olympic Qualification tournament.

China
• China came up with a 3-0 win over hosts Japan on Sunday to offset their first day defeat against France (3-1).
• China could win back-to-back matches by a 3-0 scoreline at the World Olympic Qualification tournament for the first time since a 3-0 win over Canada in their final match in 2004 and a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico in their 2008 tournament opener.
• China have won their previous match against a CSV country at the World Olympic Qualification tournament, the 3-1 victory over Venezuela in 2012.

Venezuela
• Venezuela have lost their first two matches, both by a 3-1 scoreline (against Japan and Australia).
• The last time Venezuela lost their opening three matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament was in 1996.
• Venezuela have now lost their last six matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament. Their last victory in the competition came against Puerto Rico in their third match of the 2012 edition.
• Only Australia (148) have scored fewer points at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification tournament than Venezuela (160).
• Kervin Martin Pierua Urbina has scored a tournament high five aces. Japan's Kunihiro Shimizu and Canada's Gavin Schmitt are also on five aces this edition.

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