Kenya and Serbia meet for the first time


Hamamatsu, Japan, September 30, 2018 - Opening day winners Serbia and Kenya will be meeting for the first time in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.

• Kenya and Serbia will meet for the first time at the World Championships.
• Serbia have won all their previous three matches against Kenya in world level major competitions (Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, World Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup).
• Serbia beat Kenya in straight sets at both the 2015 and 2007 World Cup and recorded a 3-1 victory in the 2011 edition.
• Kenya have lost all their previous seven World Championships matches against CEV opposition, including six in straight sets.
• Serbia (including as Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro) have won all their previous four World Championships matches against teams from Africa, all in straight sets.

• Kenya started their 2018 campaign with a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan.
• This was Kenya's first ever win in a World Championship match, after losing each of their first 21 matches in the competition.
• Before beating Kazakhstan 3-0 on Saturday, Kenya had failed to win a single set in six straight World Championship matches since a 3-2 defeat against Costa Rica in 2006.
• Cameroon (also first win on Saturday) and Kenya became the first African countries to win a match at the World Championship.
• Mercy Moim scored a match-leading 28 points against Kazakhstan, while Triza Atuka was the only player with at least one point from spikes (2), blocks (1) and serves (3) in that match.

• Serbia won their opener 3-0 against Dominican Republic on Saturday.
• Serbia kicked off with a win in their opening match in four of their five World Championships appearances. The only exception was 1978, when Peru proved too strong (3-0).
• In 2010 and 2014, Serbia won their first four matches at the World Championship, in 2006 their first seven.
• Serbia could win their first two World Championship matches in straight sets for the first time.
• Brankica Mihajlovic scored 22 points against Dominican Republic, at least seven more than any other player on the field.


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