Russia play 150th match in World Championship


Osaka, Japan, October 8, 2018 - Russia are playing their 150th match in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in their clash against their Bulgaria.

• Bulgaria and Russia (including Soviet Union) meet for the eighth time at World Championships.
• Russia have won all seven previous encounters at the World Championship, five times in straight sets, twice by 3-1.
• Russia (including Soviet Union) have only won more World Championship matches versus Brazil (9) than against Bulgaria (7).
• Bulgaria have not lost more than four World Championship matches against any other opponent.
• Their only other meeting at world level major competitions was also won by Russia: a 3-1 victory as Soviet Union at the 1981 World Cup.
• World level major competitions are: Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and Nations League.

• After losing their first second-round match against United States (3-0), Bulgaria have two wins and four defeats at the 2018 World Championship.
• In their previous two appearance at the World Championships, Bulgaria won four (2014) and five (2002) matches.
• Bulgaria could now suffer two successive defeats in straight sets within a single World Championship for the first time since 3-0 losses against Italy and China in 2002.
• Gergana Dimitrova (71) and Nasya Dimitrova (69, including 10 stuff blocks) lead Bulgaria in scoring in this tournament.

• This will be Russia's 150th match at the World Championships (including Soviet Union). They have a W124-L25 record in the competition.
• Russia' first-ever match at the World Championships was also against Bulgaria - a 3-0 win for the Soviet Union in 1952.
• Russia started their second round with a 3-0 win over Turkey, conceding only 48 points. Russia now have five wins and one defeat in the tournament.
• Russia need one more win to equal their six wins at the 2014 World Championship.
• Four of Russia's five wins have come in straight sets. The last time they claimed more wins in straight sets was in 2010 (5).
• In top scorer Nataliya Goncharova's absence due to a shoulder injury, Kseniia Parubets and Irina Voronkova took over as top scorers against Turkey, with 14 points each. Irina Fetisova added six stuff blocks.


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