Kobe, Japan, September 30, 2018 - Korea and Azerbaijan are having their first ever clash in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship and these two sides are seeking for their first win in the current edition.
• These teams have never met in a major encounter at world level.
• World level major competitions are: Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and Nations League.
• Azerbaijan have won two of seven major encounters with AVC opposition. They defeated Thailand 3-2 at the 2006 World Grand Prix and edged Japan 3-2 at the 2014 World Championship.
• Azerbaijan opened their 2018 World Championship with a match against reigning champions United States, losing 3-0.
• Azerbaijan could lose their first two matches of a single World Championship for the second time, after 2006 (v China and Russia).
• Azerbaijan have now lost back-to-back World Championship matches. They have had one longer losing streak in the tournament: four matches in 1994-2006 (the last two matches of 1994 followed by the first two of 2006).
• Polina Rahimova scored 23 points to become outright top scorer in Azerbaijan's match against United States.
Republic of Korea
• Republic of Korea started their 2018 World Championship with a five-set defeat against Thailand, despite outscoring their opponents 102-96.
• Republic of Korea have now lost three straight World Championship matches. They could lose four matches in a row for the second time, after five straight in 1986.
• Republic of Korea have now lost five of their last six five-setters at World Championships (2002-2018), with a win against Turkey in 2010 the only exception. They had won their first five five-setters at the World Championship.
• Kim Yeon Koung led her team in scoring against Thailand on Saturday with 23 total points.