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United States vs Russia FIVB World Grand Prix live stream: US and Russia meet in opening match

  • United States vs Russia is at 08:00 BST on Friday, July 7 
The Americans and Russians face off in the opening match of the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix (credit:FIVB)

The United States and Russia face off in the opening match of the FIVB World Grand Prix in China on Friday.

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The opening match of the FIVB World Grand Prix Group 1 Intercontinental Round will feature the United States and Russia.

The two teams will see action in Pool B1 in Kunshan on opening week along with host China and Italy.

The United States swept Russia in the semifinal of last year's FIVB Grand Prix in Bangkok. The Americans eventually finished runner-up to Brazil while the Russians placed fourth after losing to the Netherlands in the bronze medal game. 

Team USA under legendary player Karch Kiraly will feature a young squad with Carli Lloyd, Kelly Murphy, Lauren Gibbemeyer and Sonja Newcombe being the only players born before 1990. Among the young stars to watch in the team are Elizabeth Mcmahon, Madi Kingdon and Micha Hancock, who was named MVP, Best Server and Best Setter of the recently concluded Pan American Cup that the Americans swept in Canete, Peru.

The Americans are the reigning world champions and won a bronze medal in last year's Rio Olympics.  

Irina Fetisova and Irina Zaryazhko will lead Russia in its quest to win its first World Grand Prix crown in 15 years as head coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin opted to rest top guns Tatiana Kosheleva, Nataliya Goncharova, Ekaterina Pankova and Yana Shcherban. 

United States vs Russia Match Notes


  • USA and Russia are missing their top players
  • The Americans are the reigning world champions
  • USA swept Russia in the semifinals of this competition last year 
  • The Americans finished runner-up to Brazil in last year's Grand Prix

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