Yokohama, Japan, October 1, 2018 - Japan are hoping to maintain a clean win-record against Mexico in their fifth encounter in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.
• Mexico have yet to win a set against Japan at major world level tournaments, having lost all four 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 and Mexico first met at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games, and later played against each other at the World Championship in 1970, 1982 and 2002.
• Mexico have won two matches against Asian teams at the World Championship - against Mongolia 3-1 in 1970, and versus Indonesia 3-0 in 1982.
• Japan have won their last five matches against NORCECA sides at the World Championship.Mexico
• Mexico started their World Championship campaign with a 3-1 defeat against Cameroon and a 3-0 win against Argentina.
• Their win against Argentina was their first at a World Championship since a 3-2 victory against West Germany in 1982.
• Mexico could now win back-to-back matches for the first time since a run of seven victories in 1982.
• Samantha Bricio (39) and Andrea Rangel (37) are Mexico's top scorers at the 2018 World Championship.Japan
• Japan beat Argentina (3-0) and lost to Netherlands (3-2) in their first weekend of World Championship play.
• Going back to 2014, five of Japan's last seven World Championship matches have gone into a fifth set. They won three and lost two of those five.
• Japan have won at least two of the first three matches in the last three World Championship appearances. The last time they did not manage this was in 2002.
• Sarina Koga is Japan's tournament top scorer with 38 points, three more than Ai Kurogo (35).