Argentina hope for opening win against hosts Japan


Yokohama, Japan, September 29, 2018 – Argentina are seeking for their first ever opening match win, facing hosts Japan in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship.

• Argentina and Japan have faced each other at the World Championship once before - Japan won 3-0 in 1960, and conceded only six points in that match, 15-2, 15-0, 15-4.
• In total, Japan have won all eight matches against Argentina at world level major tournaments, winning seven of these matches in straight sets.
• World level major competitions are: Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and Nations League.
• Japan beat Argentina 3-0 in the 2018 Nations League. Risa Shinnabe (15) and Ai Kurogo (14) were Japan's top scorers in this match.
• Agnes Victoria Michel Tosi (11) and Agostina Denisse Soria (10) scored most points for Argentina in that 3-0 loss.

• Argentina are making their sixth appearance at the World Championship.
• Including 2018, Japan have hosted the World Championship a record five times, but this is first time Argentina are present at a World Championship held in Japan.
• Argentina finished 17th the last two times they played at the World Championship, in 2002 and in 2014. Their highest rank is an eighth place finish in 1960.
• Argentina lost four matches at the World Championship in 2014 before finishing their campaign with a 3-0 win against Tunisia.
• Argentina could now begin a World Championship with a win for the first time.
• Argentina won one of their 14 matches in the Nations League in 2018, but that win came against Asian opposition - 3-0 versus Korea Republic.
• Anahi Florencia Tosi was Argentina top scorer in the Nations League on 131 points.

• Japan has finished on the podium of the World Championship seven times, winning three times, finishing runners-up three times and claiming one third place finish.
• Only Russia (includes Soviet Union) have claimed more podium finishes, 13, including seven wins.
• Cuba (3) is the only other team to have won the World Championship at least three times.
• Japan took either gold or silver at six consecutive World Championships from 1960 to 1978. It then had to wait until 2010 before it claimed their last medal to date, a bronze medal on home soil in 2010.
• This is the fifth time Japan are hosting the World Championship, a record. They won the tournament in 1967 as hosts and finished eighth (1998), sixth (2006) and third (2010) the other three times they hosted the competition.
• Japan finished seventh at the World Championship in 2014. Their last match in that tournament was a 3-2 win against Dominican Republic.
• Japan have won 87 matches at the World Championship. Prior to the 2018 World Championship, only Russia (119, including Soviet Union) and Brazil (88) had won more matches.
• Ai Kurogo (158 points) and Yuki Ishii (157) were Japan's top scorers in the Nations League in 2018, in which Japan was ranked 10th after the preliminary round.


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