Croatia versus Japan


 Pool E: Croatia – Japan
Croatia and Japan will meet for the second time at the World Championship. In 1998 Croatia beat Japan in straight sets.
Both teams met twice at the World Cup. In 1999 Japan recorded a 3-1 win over Croatia and in 1995 Croatia won the match in five sets.

Croatia have won their last two matches at this World Championship and could win a record-equalling third in a row for the first time since 1998. Back then, their third straight win came against Japan.
Croatia can win at least one set in their fourth straight world championship match. This would indicate a national team record for Croatia.
Mia Jerkov is one of two players with double digit aces at this World Championship (10). The other is Charlotte Leys (Belgium, 11).

Japan have lost two of their first five matches in this year’s tournament. In 2010, they remained unbeaten in the first five, while losing only one in 2006.
Japan have won at least one set in every match in 2010 and in every match in 2014 thus far (16 straight matches).
In their past 26 world championship matches, they only once lost back-to-back matches (in 2010). This could happen again now.


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