Italy and China race for Pool B leadership


Sapporo, Japan, October 4, 2018 - Undefeated teams Italy and China will clash to decide the team that will finish on top of Pool B in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.

• Italy have faced China eight times at the World Championship, winning twice and losing six times.
• The eight encounters between these two teams are joint-most for both Italy and China at the World Championship. Italy also faced United States eight times, and China played eight matches versus Japan.
• Italy and China met twice at the World Championship in 2014. Italy won 3-1 in the group stages, and China won 3-1 in the semi-finals.
• Italy have won their last three matches versus China in major world level competitions.
• The women's world level major competitions are: Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and Nations League.
• Their last match was at the 2018 Nations League, when Italy won 3-1. Paola Ogechi Egonu scored 27 points for Italy in this match, more than China's two highest scorers Yang Fangxu (13) and Zhu Ting (12) combined.

• Italy have won all four matches at the 2018 World Championship in straight sets - 3-0 wins over Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba and Turkey.
• In 2002, Italy started their campaign with five wins, a team record they could equal here.
• For the first time since 2006 (5), Italy could win five matches in a row by a 3-0 scoreline within a single World Championship.
• Paola Ogechi Egonu was Italy's top scorer in all four 2018 World Championship matches. She has 65 total points in the tournament.

• 2014 runners-up China opened their 2018 quest for the title with straight-set wins over Cuba, Turkey and Canada and a 3-1 against Bulgaria.
• China started their 2014 campaign with eight wins, including six in straight sets.
• China could win five successive World Championship matches for the second time in this century, after those eight wins at the start of the 2014 edition.
• With 21 points against Bulgaria, Ting Zhu improved to 67 total points in the tournament, most for China.


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