China clash with USA in Pool F


Osaka, Japan, October 9, 2018 - Third-ranked China take on second-ranked USA in Pool F in Osaka on Wednesday.


·    United States have won four of their seven World Championship meetings with China, including the 2014 final (3-1).
·    Apart from the 2014 final, USA won the first three World Championship encounters: 3-2 in 1956, 3-0 in 1978 and 1982. China won the following three: 3-0 in 1986 and 1990, and 3-1 in 2006.
·    China leads the head-to-head against USA at major world level with 37 wins to 31.
·    USA have won six of their last eight major world level meetings with China, including a 3-1 victory in the 2018 Nations League semifinals.
·    China's last victory against USA at world level came at the 2017 Grand Champions Cup (3-1).
·    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.

·    China have won six matches and suffered one defeat at the 2018 World Championship. Their only defeat came in their last match of the first round, against Italy (3-1).
·    China could claim their seventh win at the 2018 World Championship. In 2014, they registered a team-record 10 wins to reach the final, which they lost 3-1 to United States.
·    China can win a sixth match in straight sets at this World Championship. This century, they reached this tally only once (6 in 2014).
·    Zhu Ting is China's top scorer on 119 points.
·    Zhu scored 15 points in the 3-1 defeat in the final against United States in 2014. Zeng Chunlei was China's top scorer in that final on 20 points.

United States
·    United States have won all seven matches at the 2018 World Championship. In 2014, they won their first eight en route to the trophy.
·    Including 2014, United States have won 10 matches in a row at the World Championships. They are one win short of equalling their best run in the tournament - 11 successive wins in 1978-1982.
·    United States can win three matches in a row in straight sets for the first time since the first round in 2014.
·    Kelly Murphy leads United States in scoring (73 points).
·    With an efficiency of 54.9%, Kelsey Robinson has one of the highest efficiency rates as receiver in this tournament.
·    Kimberly Hill scored 20 points in the gold-medal match against China at the 2014 World Championship. She was also voted MVP of the tournament that year.


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