Kazakhstan seek opening match win in clash with Kenya


Hamamatsu, Japan, September 29, 2018 – Kazakhstan are seeking to win their opening match for the first time against African squad Kenya in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship.

• Kazakhstan and Kenya will meet for the first time at the World Championships.
• These nations have also never met before in any other world level major competition (Nations League, Olympic Games, World Cup, World Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup).
• Kazakhstan have faced African opposition once before at the World Championships, a 3-0 win over Cameroon in the 2006 group stage. It was Kazakhstan's only win at the 2006 World Championships (W1-L4).
• Kenya have lost all their five World Championships matches against Asian opposition, all in straight sets.

• Kazakhstan will make their fourth appearance at the World Championship after 2006, 2010 and 2014.
• Kazakhstan's best result in the competition came in 2014, when they finished in 15th place.
• Kazakhstan lost their opening match on all their previous three World Championships appearances - 3-0 versus Netherlands in 2014, 3-0 against Germany in 2010 and 3-2 versus United States in 2006.
• Kazakhstan have won three of their 19 World Championships matches (16%), all three wins came in straight sets - versus Thailand (2014), Mexico (2014) and Cameroon (2006).
• Each of Kazakhstan's last nine defeats at the World Championships were by a 3-0 scoreline. Their last non-straight set defeat in the competition came versus Cuba in the 2010 first group stage (3-2 loss).

• Kenya will make their sixth appearance at the World Championship and their first since 2010.
• Kenya have lost all their 21 World Championships matches, including 17 in straight sets.
• No country has played more World Championships matches without ever claiming a single victory than Kenya (21). Tunisia lost all their 19 matches in the competition.
• Kenya have lost each of their last six World Championships matches by a 3-0 scoreline, since a five-set defeat against Costa Rica in the 2006 first group stage.


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