Statistical Preview: Dutch in search of first World Champs medal against China


Yokohama, Japan, October 19, 2018 - Netherlands will look for a place in the podium at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship, as they face Olympic champions China in Saturday's bronze medal match at Yokohama Arena.

• Netherlands and China meet for the sixth time at the World Championship. China won four of the previous five meetings.
• In 2006, Netherlands claimed their sole World Championship win over China, a five-set victory in Osaka (21-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-12).
• Netherlands and China also met in the third round of this tournament on 16 October, with the latter winning 3-1. Despite their defeat, Holland's Lonneke Slöetjes scored a match-high 26 points.
• These teams also met at the 2018 Nations League. Netherlands won 3-1 in the preliminary round while China won 3-1 in the final round.

• Netherlands are guaranteed of their best finish at a World Championship. Their previous best result was their seventh-place finish in 1998 in Japan.
• Since 2015, Netherlands have finished second at the 2015 and 2017 European Championship, third at the 2016 World Grand Prix and fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
• At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Netherlands lost the semifinal 3-1 against China.
• Netherlands have lost three of their 12 matches at this World Championship: a 3-2 loss versus Brazil (second round), a 3-1 defeat to China (third round) and their 3-1 semifinal defeat against Serbia.
• Netherlands could win 10 matches this tournament. Their previous record number of wins at a single World Championship was six in 2006.
• Lonneke Slöetjes is Holland's top scorer on 261 points. Slöetjes has scored more than double the number of points as Netherlands their second-highest scoring player (Anne Buijs, 125 points).

• China can win their sixth medal at the World Championship, and their first bronze medal. They won the world title in 1982 and 1986 and finished second in 1990, 1998 and 2014.
• Only Russia (13, including Soviet Union) and Japan (7) have finished on the podium on at least six occasions at the World Championship.
• China (G2-S3-B0) can become the fourth team to complete the World Championship medal set, after Russia (G7-S2-B4, including Soviet Union), Japan (G3-S3-B1) and United States (G1-S2-B2).
• Zhu Ting is China's top scorer this tournament on 217 points.


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