Nagoya, Japan, October 11, 2018 - Japan are seeking to win at least a set, while Brazil need to win in straight sets to avoid elimination in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.
• Japan and Brazil meet for the ninth time at the World Championships. Japan won the first three meetings (1960, 1962, 1982), Brazil the last five (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2010).
• Japan and Brazil have met only once at the World Championships in this century. Brazil won 3-2 in the 2010 semifinals.
• At major world level, Brazil lead the head-to-head with 54 wins to 14.
• Japan have won two of the last three world level meetings with Brazil: 3-2 at the 2017 World Grand Prix and 3-2 at the 2017 Grand Champions Cup. Brazil won their most recent meeting, 3-1 at the 2018 Nations League.
• The women's world level major competitions are: the Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and the Nations League.Japan
• Japan need to claim only one set off Brazil to reach the final six. Should they lose by 3-0, they can still go through depending on the outcome of the Netherlands v Serbia match.
• Japan finished in the top six in only two of their previous eight World Cup participations. They finished in sixth place in 2006 and in third place four years later.
• Japan finished in the top two in each of their first six participations at the World Championship, but have not done so since 1978.
• Japan have lost only one of their eight matches in this tournament, a 3-2 defeat against Netherlands in the first round.Brazil
• Brazil need to beat Japan by 3-0 to reach the final six. Brazil managed a top six in five of their last six appearances at World Championships. In 2002, they finished seventh.
• If Brazil win by 3-0 they are guaranteed a berth in the final six. If they as much as lose a set they are guaranteed to be eliminated at this stage of the competition.
• Brazil's first five matches in this tournament were decided in straight sets, but none of their last three was.
• Tandara Caixeta's 28 points against Netherlands led Brazil to a crucial victory. With her 141 points (123) spikes at this World Championship, she leads her team in this tournament.