Dutch seek to extend perfect head-to-head record with Puerto Rico


Nagoya, Japan, 5 October 2018 - The Netherlands have never dropped a set to Puerto in three previous encounters with Puerto Rico in the history of the competition and look to extend this record when the two sides meet on Sunday at the 2018 FIVB World Championship. That's in addition to remaining undefeated in this World Championship, after completing Round 1 with a 5-0 run. Overall, Puerto Rico have only beaten the Netherlands once in eight matches in an official competition - a five-set afair at the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix.

• The Netherlands have yet to lose a set against Puerto Rico at the World Championship.
• The Netherlands won 3-0 in 1982 (second group), 2006 (first group) and 2010 (first group).
• Puerto Rico have won one of their eight major world level meetings with the Netherlands, 3-2 at the 2014 World Grand Prix.
• Puerto Rico won their only other set against the Netherlands at major world level in a 3-1 defeat at the 2014 World Grand Prix.
• The women's major world level competitions are: the Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and the Nations League.

• The Netherlands are one of four teams with a 100% winning record after the first round at the 2018 World Championship, along Serbia, United States and Italy.
• The Netherlands have won their last six matches at the World Championship, already their longest winning streak in the competition.
• The Netherlands have not conceded a set in their last three World Championship fixtures. They have never achieved this in four successive matches in the tournament.
• Only in 2006 (6) have the Netherlands recorded more World Championship victories than in 2018 (5).
• The Netherlands could claim four straight-set victories at a single World Championship for the second time after 2010 (4).
• Lonneke Sloetjes leads her team in terms of scoring in this tournament on 91 points.

Puerto Rico
• Puerto Rico have won two and lost three matches at the 2018 World Championship, all in straight sets. They won against Kazakhstan and Kenya.
• Puerto Rico can win three matches at a single World Championship for the third time after 1982 (3) and 2002 (3).
• The two straight-set victories are already a nation record at a single World Championship.
• Of Puerto Rico's last 21 World Championship matches, 20 have finished in straight sets (W4-L16). The only exception was a 3-2 defeat against Azerbaijan in 2014.
• Daly Santana is Puerto Rico's leading points scorer this tournament on 63 points.


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