Nagoya, Japan, October 8, 2018 - Japan are on the hunt for their fifth consecutive win since winning the first five in 2010, when they face Puerto Rico in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.
• Japan and Puerto Rico meet for the second time at the World Championships. Japan won in straight sets in the 2014 first round.
• Japan have yet to lose a set against Puerto Rico at world level major competitions. Apart from their World Championship victory, Japan won 3-0 at both the 2009 and 2012 World Grand Prix.
• 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.
• Japan won five of their six matches at this World Championship. Their defeat came in a five-setter against Netherlands in the first round.
• Japan could win five successive World Championship matches for the first time since winning the first five in 2010.
• Japan have already equalled their number of wins of the last World Championship - five in 2014. They could win six for the first time since 2010 (8).
• Ai Kurogo is Japan's leading points scorer this tournament on 90 points. Sarina Koga follows on 88 points.
• Puerto Rico have won two and lost four 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 record for Puerto Rico at a single World Championship.
• Of Puerto Rico's last 22 World Championship matches, 21 have finished in straight sets (W4-L17). The only exception was a 3-2 defeat against Azerbaijan in 2014.
• Daly Santana is Puerto Rico's leading points scorer this tournament on 74 points. She also was her team's top scorer in the 3-0 loss against Netherlands on Sunday (11 points).