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France look to cement themselves in qualifying spot

 
Tokyo, Japan, May 31, 2016 - France are in a qualifying position in the provisional standings at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan and will be looking to cement themselves there by claiming a victory against their next opponent Australia.

Head-to-head
• The last encounter between France and Australia at the World Olympic Qualification tournament came in Tokyo in 2004. France won in straight sets. Both teams qualified for the Olympic Games in Athens.
• The last time these teams met at a world level tournament was in 2014 at the world championship. France won 3-1. 
• These teams also met in the 2014 World League earlier that year. In the final of group 2, Australia defeated France by 3-2.

France
• France defeated Iran in straight sets after losing 3-2 against Poland and winning 3-1 against China.
• France have taken at least one set in all their 16 World Olympic Qualification Tournament matches played since 2000.
• Antonin Rouzier has a shared tournament high 54 spikes scored, along with Australia's Thomas Edgar.
• Nicolas Le Goff has a tournament high stuff blocks.

Australia
• Australia started the tournament with a straight set defeat, won the second by 3-1 and were defeated in five sets against Canada on Tuesday.
• Australia have not lost consecutive matches at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament since Japan and Serbia both defeated Australia in straight sets in 2012.
• Thomas Edgar has a shared tournament high 54 spikes scored, along with France's Antonin Rouzier.

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