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Venezuela hope to grab a chance at first win

 
Tokyo, Japan, May 31, 2016 - Venezuela are still looking for their first victory at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan.  They stand their chances against their next opponents, because Canada might have insufficient time to recover after three consecutive five-setters.

Head-to-head
• Venezuela and Canada will meet at the World Olympic Qualification tournament for the first time since 1996 when Canada won 3-1 in Espinho, Portugal. Both teams failed to qualify for Atlanta.
• These teams last met at the 2015 World Cup when Canada won in straight sets.
• Venezuela won their last match against a NORCECA side at the World Olympic Qualification tournament, in straight sets against Puerto Rico in 2012.

Venezuela 
• Venezuela have lost all three matches at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification Tournament. 
• Venezuela are the only team yet to win a match at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification Tournament. 
• Venezuela have won at least one match in the past three World Olympic Qualification Tournament in which they participated (2000, 2004 and 2012).
• Kervin Martin Piнerua Urbina is Venezuela's top scorer with 50 points, including a team high 41 spikes.

Canada
• Canada claimed their first victory at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification Tournament by defeating Australia in five sets on Tuesday.
• Canada lost their first two matches in the tournament in five sets against Iran and Poland.
• Canada have now played three five-set matches in a row at the World Olympic Qualification tournament. Prior to this streak they had only one five-setter in 13 matches. 
• The only other nation with three successive five sets matches at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament was Japan in 2004.
• Canada have scored a league high 320 points, but also conceded a league high 320 points.
• Gavin Schmitt has scored a tournament high 67 points including a tournament high nine aces. 

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