Osaka, Japan, October 9, 2018 - Pool F leaders Italy take on fourth-placed Russia in Osaka on Wednesday.
· Italy and Russia (incl. predecessors) meet for the sixth time at the World Championship.
· Russia won the first four World Championship encounters, in 1986 (as Soviet Union), 1994, 2002 and 2006. Italy won the most recent meeting in the competition, 3-1 in the 2014 third round.
· Italy have won five of their 28 major world level meetings with Russia (incl. predecessors), most recently at the 2017 World Grand Prix (3-2).
· Their most recent world level encounter took place at the 2018 Nations League. Russia won 3-0 in the group stage.
· 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.Italy
· Italy have claimed seven wins from seven matches at the 2018 World Championship. They conceded only 42 points in their 3-0 win against Thailand on Monday.
· Italy won six of their seven matches at the 2018 World Championship in straight sets, with a 3-1 win over China being the only exception.
· Italy could win eight successive World Championship matches for the first time since eight in a row in 2006.
· Italy have claimed at least eight wins at each of their four World Championships in this century, with 10 wins in 2014 as their best year.
· Paola Ogechi Egonu is Italy's top scorer on 120 points.
· Anna Danesi (23) and Russia's Irina Fetisova (27 points) and Irina Koroleva (23 points) have scored most points from stuff blocks.Russia
· Russia's win against Bulgaria on Monday was their 125th win in their 150th match at the World Championships (including as Soviet Union).
· Russia now have a W6-L1 record at the 2018 World Championship.
· Russia's six wins in 2018 are equal to their six wins in total in the 2014 tournament, when they had a W6-L5 record. They won 11 matches in 2010.
· Four of Russia's six wins have come in straight sets. The last time they claimed more wins in straight sets was in 2010 (5).
· Nataliya Goncharova is still Russia's top scorer on 119 points. Kseniia Parubets is on 101 points.