Colombia hope for straight-set win against Algeria to stay alive


San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 22, 2016 - Algeria and Colombia will meet up in the first match of the last competition day at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in San Juan.  The African side has already lost any chances to qualify for Rio 2016, while for the South Americans the Olympic dream seems quite distant, but is still alive. To save any hope for a ticket to Brazil, Colombia need to win this one in straight sets.

• Algeria and Colombia have never met at a world-level tournament.
• Algeria have met a South American side once at the Olympic Games. In 2008, they lost in straight sets against Brazil. 
• Last year, Algeria lost both of their meetings with South American teams, both at the 2015 World Cup. Argentina and Peru both proved too strong in straight sets.
• Colombia's last two meetings against a CAVB side were against Kenya. They won 3-0 at the 2015 World Grand Prix and 3-0 earlier this tournament.

• After losing their opening two matches at the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Algeria can no longer qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
• Algeria finished joint-11th at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics Games, failing to claim a single win.
• Yasmine Abderrahim recorded a match-high 30 points in Algeria's 3-1 defeat against Kenya on Saturday. 

• Colombia have never been present at an Olympic Games.
• Colombia can become the fourth CSV country to participate at the Olympic Games after Peru, Venezuela and Brazil
• Amanda Coneo contributed a team-high 13 points in Colombia's 3-0 defeat over Puerto Rico.


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