Brazil recorded their 73rd straight-set victory in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 17, 2014 – Brazil earned a record of 73 straight-set victories after defeating Russia 3-0, in their rematch in Pool H of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship on Wednesday.
Brazil booked their semifinal ticket and stay on track to defend their World Championship title. Meanwhile, Germany have won over Asian powerhouse Iran in straight sets to get back on track, after a defeat by France on Tuesday.
Rare straight-set victory between Brazil and Russia
– A straight-set match win is a rare occurrence between matches of Brazil and Russia. In the rematch in the 2014 edition, Brazil enhanced their performance over London 2012 gold medal match rivals Russia with a 3-0 victory in the third round. The straight-sets victory is Brazil’s second, which came after 20 years since they have beaten Russia in 1994 at the World Championship. With this defeat, Russia have now lost four World Championship matches against a single opponent for the first time.
Alternate win-loss pattern for Germany – Germany’s last four matches at the World Championship have been played in straight sets with an alternate pattern of defeat-win-defeat-win. The Germans have won eight matches at this World Championship edition. The most number of victories was 10 wins that came in 1970. With their straight-sets victory over Iran, Germany is the only team to have not played a five-setter at the 2014 World Championship.