Kobe, Japan, October 2, 2018 - Russia will be meeting with Azerbaijan for the third time and will be looking for their straight win in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.
• These sides have met twice in a major encounter at world level. Both matches took place in 2006 and both were won by Russia.
• World level major competitions are: Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and Nations League.
• They met once before at the World Championship. On 1 November 2006, Russia triumphed 3-1 in Sapporo, Japan.
• Earlier that year, they had also met in a World Grand Prix match in Hong Kong. Russia emerged victorious 3-2.
• Another three meetings at European Championships, and one in an Olympic qualifier in 2004 all resulted In Russia wins, with Russia dropping only one set in those four matches combined.Russia
• Russia started their World Championship run with wins over Trinidad & Tobago (3-0) and Thailand (3-2).
• Russia (incl. Soviet Union) have now won seven five-setters and lost six at World Championships.
• Against Thailand on Sunday, Russia came back from 2-0 behind to win. This was the second time they achieved this at World Championships, after Soviet Union's 3-2 win against Romania in 1956.
• In 2014, Russia won their first four matches, with three of those in straight sets.
• Nataliya Goncharova was her team's most prolific scorer against Trinidad and Tobago (13 points) and Thailand (30).Azerbaijan
• Azerbaijan opened their 2018 World Championship with a 3-0 loss against reigning champions United States and a 3-1 win against Republic of Korea.
• For the first time ever, Azerbaijan could win back-to-back matches with at a single World Championship.
• Azerbaijan could win back-to-back World Championship matches for the second time, after a 3-0 against Puerto Rico in 2006 followed by a 3-2 against Japan in 2014.
• Polina Rahimova has scored 47 points at this tournament, including seven serves.