Kobe, Japan, October 3, 2018 - Russia will be hoping to keep their winning run and extend it to a 4-0 start when they play winless Korea in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.
• Republic of Korea have won only seven of 50 major encounters at world level with Russia (includes Soviet Union).
• World level major competitions are: Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and Nations League.
• These seven victories includes their meeting in the Nations League earlier this year. The Koreans won in straight sets in front of a home crowd in Suwon.
• At World Championships, Russia have won six of seven meetings with Republic of Korea, the exception being a straight-sets defeat in St. Petersburg in 1978.
• Russia have won their last five encounters with Republic of Korea at World Championships, the most recent one being a 3-1 triumph in Osaka, Japan, on 2 November 2010.Republic of Korea
• Republic of Korea started their 2018 World Championship with defeats against Thailand (3-2), Azerbaijan (3-1) and United States (3-1).
• Republic of Korea have now lost five successive World Championship matches, which equals their longest losing streak in the tournament (5 matches), set in 1986.
• Republic of Korea have started a World Championship with three straight defeats for the first time.
• Jeongah Park (64) and Yeon Koung Kim (59) are among the most prolific scorers at this World Championship.Russia
• Russia started their World Championship run with wins over Trinidad & Tobago (3-0), Thailand (3-2) and Azerbaijan (3-0).
• In 2014, Russia won their first four matches, with three of those in straight sets.
• Russia have won at least one set in each of their last 48 World Championship matches (and in 59 of their last 60). Their last 3-0 defeat came in the 1998 edition, against China.
• Nataliya Goncharova was her team's most prolific scorer against Trinidad and Tobago (13 points), Thailand (29) and Azerbaijan (17).