Algiers, Algeria, June 2, 2016 - In a remake of the match Kazakhstan and Peru played in Tokyo just a couple of weeks ago, the two teams will open their FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 campaign in Algiers.
• The last encounter between Kazakhstan and Peru came at the World Olympic Qualification tournament on 17 May. Peru won 3-1.
• They have met once at the World Grand Prix: at the previous edition in 2015 Peru won in straight sets.
• Kazakhstan lost all of their previous six meetings with CSV sides at the World Grand Prix. Only against Argentina in 2013 they won a set (3-2 loss).
• Their victory against Kazakhstan was Peru's only win against AVC sides at the World Grand Prix, losing the other five matches.
• Kazakhstan will participate for the seventh time. Their best result is a 10th place in their debut year in 2007. Last year they finished 26th.
• Kazakhstan lost their last three World Grand Prix matches without winning a single set. Their last win came against Cuba in Group 3 (3-2).
• Kazakhstan have won their opening match at the World Grand Prix at the past two editions, both in straight sets. In 2014, they proved too strong for Australia in straight sets and in 2015, Algeria were beaten.
• Peru will participate for the fifth time at the World Grand Prix. Last season, they finished 22nd, their worst ever result at the World Grand Prix.
• Their best result at the World Grand Prix came at their debut in 1994, when they finished 11th.
• Peru have won the opening match of the World Grand Prix in 2014 (3-1 against Canada) and 2015 (3-0 against Kenya).
• Peru have won three of the last four World Grand Prix matches. This streak includes a straight set victory against Kazakhstan.
• Peru lost their last match against Kenya (3-1) in the final of the Group 3 Final Four. They can lose back-to-back matches at the World Grand Prix for the first time since August 2014, when they lost against Poland (3-2) and Argentina (3-0) in Group 2.