Cuba aim at saving chances for Almaty finals


Chiclayo, Peru, June 12, 2016 - If Cuba manage a 3-0 or 3-1 victory against Algeria in their last match of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 tournament in Peru, they will save a shot at qualifying for the Group 3 finals in Almaty, which will then depend on the outcome of the Colombia vs. Kazakhstan match in Cali.

• Cuba and Algeria have met once at the World Grand Prix with Cuba winning in straight sets in 2015.
• Their most recent encounter came at the 2015 World Cup, where Cuba also won in straight sets.
• Algeria have lost all of their seven matches against NORCECA teams at the World Grand Prix. They were already beaten by Mexico in this year's edition. 

• Cuba have lost their last two World Grand Prix matches, against Croatia (3-0) and Peru (3-2). 
• They could lose three consecutive matches for the first time since 2015-2016, as they lost their last two matches of the 2015 edition and their opening match of the 2016 edition. 
• In total, Cuba have won two and lost three matches this edition. They can win at least three matches at consecutive World Grand Prix editions for the first time since 2004-2008. Last year, they won three of their six matches. 
• Daimara Lescay Cajigal has scored 18 times from stuff blocks this tournament, most amongst all players in Group 3. 

• Algeria have lost all of their five matches at this year's World Grand Prix in straight sets.
• They are the only team which failed to win a single set in Group 3 of the 2016 World Grand Prix. 
• In total, they are on a seven-match losing streak in the competition, since a 3-2 win over Australia on 3 July 2015. 
• They have never defeated another opponent than Australia at the competition (2 wins in 2015). 
• Yasmine Abderrahim, with 17 years the youngest player in the squad, is Algeria's top scorer with 43 points. 


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