Serbia look to remain undefeated against Mexico


Nagoya, Japan, 5 October 2018 - Reigning European champions and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallists Serbia look to extend their 5-0 run and remain undefeated at the 2018 FIVB World Championship when they take on Mexico in Sunday. The two sides meet for the third time in the history of the competition, with Mexico having won both previous encounters in the 1978 edition.

• Mexico and Serbia (including as Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro) meet for the third time at the World Championship. Both previous encounters came in 1978, with Mexico winning on both occasions.
• At the 1978 World Championship, Mexico first beat Yugoslavia in five sets in the second group stage before claiming a straight-set victory in the 15th-16th place decider.
• The two meetings at the 1978 World Championship are the only two encounters between Mexico and Serbia in world level major competitions (Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, World Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup).

• Mexico (W1-L19) have won only one of their last 20 World Championship matches, a straight-set victory over Argentina in this year's first round.
• The last time Mexico claimed multiple wins in a single edition of the World Championship was in 1982 (W7-L2).
• Mexico's best result at the World Championship was a 10th place finish in 1974. They finished in joint-last position in 2002, 2006 and 2014.
• Andrea Rangel (78) and Samantha Bricio (72) have combined for 150 of Mexico's 312 points at the 2018 World Championship (48%).
• Captain Rangel was Mexico's (joint) top scorer in four of their five first round matches at the 2018 World Championship.
• Bricio has scored 12 aces at the 2018 World Championship, joint-most with Azerbaijan's Polina Rahimova.

• Serbia (W5-L0) are one of four teams with a perfect record at the 2018 World Championship, besides Netherlands, Italy and United States. Only Serbia won all their five matches without dropping a single set.
• Serbia can become the first nation to start a World Championship with six straight-set victories since Cuba in 1994. Cuba won all their seven matches by a 3-0 scoreline that edition, including the gold medal match against Brazil.
• Serbia could start a World Championship campaign with six straight wins for the first time since 2006, when they kicked off with seven consecutive wins.
• Serbia's best result at the World Championship came in 2006 in Japan, when they finished in third place after beating Italy in straight sets in the bronze medal match.
• Only Brazil (259) conceded fewer points in the 2018 World Championship first round than Serbia (262).
• With 57 points, Tijana Boskovic is Serbia's top scorer at the 2018 World Championship. Boskovic did not play in Serbia's last match against Puerto Rico (3-0).
• Only Italy's Miryam Fatime Sylla (62.8%) had a higher spike success rate in the 2018 World Championship first round than Boskovic (57.1%).


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