Serbia hope to extend unbeaten run


Hamamatsu, Japan, October 4, 2018 - Serbia have recorded a 4-0 perfect run in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship and will try to extend their run when they play against Puerto Rico on Thursday.


• Serbia and Puerto Rico will meet for the first time at the World Championships.

• These nations have met twice at world level major competitions (Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, World Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup), with Serbia winning on both occasions.

• Serbia and Puerto Rico last clashed at world level at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Serbia won in straight sets (29-27, 25-18, 25-20). Brankica Mihajlovic (Serbia) and Karina Ocasio (Puerto Rico) both scored 16 points, more than any other player.

• On 4 August 2013, in these nations' first ever meeting at world level, Serbia beat Puerto Rico 3-1 at the 2013 World Grand Prix (25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22).


• Serbia won their opening four matches of the 2018 World Championship without dropping a set: 3-0 versus Dominican Republic, Kenya, Brazil and Kazakhstan.

• In 2010 and 2014 Serbia also won their first four World Championship matches, in 2006 their first seven.

• Serbia could win five consecutive World Championship matches in straight sets for the first time. They had a run of four 3-0 victories in 2006 versus Egypt, Turkey, Republic of Korea and Poland.

• Tijana Boškovic (57 points) is Serbia's top scorer in this tournament. On Wednesday, Milena Rasic scored the most points for Serbia against Kazakhstan (17).

Puerto Rico

• At the 2018 World Championship so far, Puerto Rico lost against Brazil and Dominican Republic (3-0) and won against Kazakhstan (3-0) and Kenya (3-0).

• 22 of Puerto Rico's last 23 defeats at World Championships have come in straight sets. The only exception in this run was their 3-2 loss to Azerbaijan in 2014.

• All four of Puerto Rico's wins in World Championship matches since the start of 2010 have come in straight sets.

• Daly Santana is Puerto Rico's tournament top scorer on 45 points, two more than Stephanie Enright (43).


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