Brazil to look for rebound after second loss in Japan


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Lausanne, Switzerland, September 8, 2017 – After two consecutive defeats at the 2017 FIVB Women's World Grand Champions Cup in Japan, Brazil will be looking for recovery against winless Korea on Saturday. This game between Brazil and Korea will be their fifth encounter in the history of the World Grand Champions Cup.

• Brazil and Korea have met four times at the Grand Champions Cup. Brazil won all four without dropping a set.
• Most recently, these teams met at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In the preliminary round, Brazil won in straight sets.
• The last world-level encounter between these teams, won by Korea, came at the London 2012 Olympic Games, when they won 3-0.

• Brazil are on a two-match losing streak at the Grand Champions Cup. After losing in five sets to China, they also lost in five sets to Japan.
• Brazil have never lost three matches in a row at the Grand Champions Cup. 
• The last major tournament, at which Brazil lost three matches in a row, was the World Grand Prix in 2007 when they lost four in row.
• They can lose three matches in a single edition of the Grand Champions Cup for the second time after 2001. They finished fourth in 2001, their worst rank at the Grand Champions Cup ever.

• Korea suffered a straight-set defeat in their last match against China. They have yet to win a set in the 2017 Grand Champions Cup.
• Earlier, they suffered 0-3 defeats against Japan and USA. No team ever have lost all five Grand Champions Cup matches in straight sets.
• Korea themselves hold the record for fewest set wins in a single campaign as they won one (against Japan) in 1997. 
• Only Thailand (2009), Korea (1997) and Peru (1993) lost all five matches in a single Grand Champions Cup.
• Korea scored only 30 points against China, fewest for any team at this Grand Champions Cup edition.


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