Japan versus Puerto Rico


Pool D: Japan – Puerto Rico


- These teams have never met at the World Championship before.

- Their only previous meetings at major tournament came at the 2009 and 2012 World Grand Prix with Japan winning both matches 3-0.

- Puerto Rico have won only one of their eight world championship meetings with teams representing Asia. They beat Kazakhstan 3-1 at the 2006 World Championship and lost all the other seven matches by 3-0.


- Japan have now won two in a row after losing their opener in five sets to Azerbaijan.

- Japan are guaranteed to reach the second round with a victory. Other results could also suffice to seal their berth, depending on the outcome of the other matches in this group.

- Japan finished in third place at the World Championship four years ago.

- At an efficiency of 41.07%, Risa Shinnabe is the second best receiver in this tournament, behind Netherlands' Myrthe Schoot (48.00%).

Puerto Rico

- Against Azerbaijan, Puerto Rico played their first five-setter in the competition since 2002 (21 matches without a 5-setter). It was their second loss at the 2014 World Championship.

- They won five sets in their last two world championship matches. This followed 12 matches in which they took only three sets.

- They have won only two of their last 14 world championship matches.

- The 65 points posted by Karina Ocasio in this tournament are second most after three matchdays, behind Azerbaijan's Polina Rahimova (74).


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