Nagoya, Japan, October 11, 2018 - The Netherlands are seeking to claim their spot in the final six by taking a set off Serbia which are also hoping to rebound from their previous loss in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.
• Serbia (incl. predecessors) won both previous World Championship meetings with Netherlands: 3-1 in 1978 (as Yugoslavia) and 3-0 in 2014.
• This is the sixth meeting between the teams at major world level. Serbia won the first three (1978, 2013, 2014) and Netherlands the last two (2016, 2018).
• Netherlands' two world level victories against Serbia both came in five sets, at the 2016 Olympic Games and at the 2018 Nations League.
• 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.
• This is a repeat of the 2017 European Championship final. Serbia won their second title in the competition after a 3-1 win in that final.Netherlands
• Netherlands are coming off their first defeat of the tournament, 3-2 against Brazil. They started out their campaign with seven straight victories.
• Netherlands will reach the final six if they claim at least one set against Serbia. Also, if Japan take a set off Brazil, the Dutch will go through regardless of the outcome of their own match.
• A final six appearance would guarantee Netherlands' best ever finish at a World Championship. Their best showing is a seventh place in 1998.
• Lonneke Slöetjes leads her team with 151 points scored in the tournament. Of those 151 points, 129 came off spikes.Serbia
• Serbia are already certain of reaching the last six. Their best performance in the competition is a third place finish in 2006 (as Serbia and Montenegro).
• Serbia are coming off their first defeat of the tournament, 3-1 against hosts Japan. Serbia had started their campaign with seven straight 3-0 wins.
• Serbia's defeat against Japan ended a seven-match winning streak at the World Championship, which is equal to the mark they set in 2006 (as Serbia and Montenegro).
• Tijana Boškovic (80 points from spikes) has a 56.7% success rate in spikes and is the tournament's leading spiker.