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China present tough challenge to Poland's ambition to stay unbeaten


Tokyo, Japan, May 31, 2016 - Poland are on a three-game winning streak and will do their best to extend it on the fourth competition day at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan.  However, their opponents China have won twice in a row in straight sets and are sure to give the world champions a tough time.

• The most recent meeting between China and Poland came at the 2011 World Cup, Poland won 3-1.
• China's last win over Poland came at the 2008 World League when they won 3-1.
• After that China win, Poland won all four encounters, including three at the same 2008 World League and the 2011 World Cup win.

• China started the tournament with a 3-1 loss against France but defeated Japan and Venezuela in straight sets on Sunday and Tuesday. 
• The last time they won two matches in a row in straight sets in this competition was their last match in 2004 and their first in 2012 (against Canada and Puerto Rico). They lost their next match against Iran in five sets.
• The last time China won three matches in a row at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament was in 2000-2004 when they won five consecutive matches.
• No other team have conceded fewer sets (3) than China this tournament.

• Poland won in straight sets against hosts Japan on Tuesday. Poland are the only unbeaten team left in the tournament.
• Poland are still unbeaten at World Olympic Qualification tournaments this century. Their nine matches since then ended in a straight set victory (6) or a five-setter (3).
• Poland's last loss en route to the 2016 Olympic Games came in the 2016 Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament when they lost in straight sets against France in the semifinal. 
• Bartosz Kurek is Poland's top scorer. He has scored 44 points, including 35 spikes.


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