The Bronze Medal Match at the 2021 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League will be played by Japan and Turkey at 14.00 GMT on Friday in Rimini, Italy. Click here to watch the match on Volleyball TV and get the head-to-head and team stats below.


  • Japan and Turkey have met 13 times at major world level tournaments (FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, FIVB Volleyball World Championship, FIVB Volleyball World Cup, FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix and FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup). Japan have won eight matches and Turkey five.
  • Japan beat Turkey 3-1 in this year's VNL. Sarina Koga scored a match-high 18 points
  • Turkey had won the first VNL encounter with Japan: 3-1 in 2018, but lost the the 2019 encounter 3-0.
  • Japan can claim three successive world level triumphs against Turkey for the first time since they won their first four encounters with them (2003-2010).


  • Japan reached the final round of the Volleyball Nations League for the first time. Their best result in the VNL so far was a ninth position in 2019.
  • Japan's best result in the World Grand Prix was a silver medal in the 2014 edition, when Brazil won the group 1 final which was held in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Japan lost four matches in the 2021 VNL, 3-0 defeats against Brazil, Netherlands and United States In the preliminary round, and a 3-1 loss against Brazil in the semifinals.
  • Sarina Koga (243) is the leading points scorer for Japan in the 2021 VNL, already 50 points more than Japan's 2019 leading scorer Yuki Ishii (193).
  • Aki Momii is the best setter in the 2021 VNL on 386 excellents. This is her first VNL/WGP campaign.
  • Mayu Ishikawa (168) recorded the most successful receptions in the 2021 VNL, followed by Sarina Koga (150).


  • Turkey are in the final round of the VNL for the third consecutive time. Turkey finished as runners-up in 2018, losing the final 3-2 against USA, and they finished fourth in 2019.
  • Turkey lost their VNL semifinal 3-0 against United States, which marked their first VNL defeat in straight sets since the 2019 VNL semi-final against Brazil (3-0).
  • Turkey lost the 2019 VNL bronze medal match 3-1 to China.
  • Turkey have won exactly 100 major world level matches (W100-L83).
  • Ebrar Karakurt (260) is the third-highest scorer in the 2021 VNL. In the 2019 VNL, Karakurt (291) finished in second place on the top scorer list behind Poland's Malwina Smarzek (421).
  • Eda Erdem Dündar has won 43 points from stuffed blocks in this VNL campaign, equalling Serbia's Jovana Kocic (43) for most. Erdem finished the 2018 VNL on 56 points from blocks.
  • Only the Dominican Republic's Brenda Castillo (250) recorded more dig excellents this VNL than Simge Sebnem Akoz (210).