USA take on hosts Japan


·    United States and Japan will meet for the 10th time at the World Cup. Their first encounter came in 1977 with Japan prevailing in straight sets.
·    The Americans beat Japan in their following eight matches at the World Cup, the longest winning streak for United States in the competition.
·    United States have won the last 16 meetings with the Japanese team in all major international competitions.
·    Japan recorded their last victory over the Americans at the 1993 Grand Champions Cup (3-1).

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·    United States kicked off their 2015 World Cup campaign with a straight set win over Australia (25-23, 25-12, 25-15). They conceded only 50 points, two more than they did in their only previous World Cup meeting with Australia back in 2007.
·    United States can win their opening two matches of a World Cup campaign for the fourth time and for the first time since 1999, when they started with four successive victories.
·    United States have won six of their seven World cup matches played in Hiroshima and are unbeaten in their last five, since a five-set defeat against Brazil in 1989.
·    Aaron Russell (3), Matthew Anderson (2), Taylor Sander (2), David Lee (2) and Micah Christenson (1) all recorded at least one ace in USA's opener against Australia.

·    On Tuesday, hosts Japan ended a four-match losing streak in the competition by beating Egypt 3-2 in their 2015 World Cup opening match (25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-7).
·    Three of Japan's last four victories in the World Cup came against Egypt.
·    Japan can win their opening two matches of a World Cup campaign for the sixth time after 1969, 1977, 1991, 1995 and 2003.
·    Yuki Ishikawa scored a team-high 24 points against Egypt, including 20 spikes from 31 attempts.


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