China seek to continue Grand Champions Cup winning streak


Chinese fans at the Grand Champions Cup in Japan

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 7, 2017 – As China and Korea meet in the second match of Friday’s 2017 FIVB Women's World Grand Champions Cup action in Nagoya, the Chinese will be looking to remain the only unbeaten team in the tournament so far, while the Koreans will be aiming at winning their first victory or at least their first set in this edition of the competition. This will be their fourth encounter in the history of the World Grand Champions Cup.

• China and Korea have met three times at the Grand Champions Cup, with China winning all.
• All three matches ended in straight-set wins for China. China have lost at least one set against any other team they have played multiple times at the Grand Champions Cup.
• Their most recent meeting came at the 2015 World Cup in which China won 3-1.
• This is a replay of the 2015 Asian Championship final, which China won in straight sets.

• China have started their 2017 Grand Champions Cup with two victories: 3-1 against USA and 3-2 against Brazil.
• They could win their first three matches of an edition for the second time after 2001 when they managed to win all five and claimed their only championship.
• China have won their last five matches at the Grand Champions Cup and could win six in a row for the first time in the competition.
• This year, China finished in fourth place at both the World Grand Prix and the Asian Championship.
• Zhu Ting scored a staggering 33 points against Brazil, at least 18 more than any of her teammates. She also scored the most points in the first match against USA (21).

• Korea have yet to win a set at the 2017 Grand Champions Cup as they lost by 0-3 to Japan and USA. 
• Only once Korea had to wait longer before winning their first set at the Grand Champions Cup. In 2005 they lost their first three matches by 0-3 before claiming a 3-2 win against Poland in their fourth match.
• Korea have won only three of their 22 matches so far at the Grand Champions Cup.
• Two of their three victories were five-setters. 
• Korea have not finished on the podium of a world level tournament since their third place in the 1997 World Grand Prix.
• Lee Jaeyeong (15) was Korea's only player to reach double figures in scoring against USA.


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