Tokyo, Japan, May 17, 2016 - Peru and Italy will open the fourth competition day at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan. Based on recent head-to-head record, unbeaten Italy are the clear favourite, but Peru will be looking to add to their two wins in row in Tokyo so far.
• The most recent meeting between these teams at world level tournaments came at the 2011 World Grand Prix. Italy won 3-0.
• Italy also won their last meetings at the World Cup (3-0 in 2007) and the World Championship (3-0 in 2006).
• Peru and Italy have met once at the Olympic Games. In 2000, Italy won in straight sets in the group stage.
• Peru's two wins at this World Olympic Qualification Tournament are already one more than they won in the previous campaign in 2012 - one win.
• Peru can win three competitive matches in a row for the first time since four successive wins at the 2015 South American Championship.
• Angela Leyva's 30 points against Kazakhstan equalled Lonneke Sloetjes's 30 points for Netherlands versus Kazakhstan as most in a match at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification Tournament.
• She has scored 64 points so far, only trailing Kim Yeon-Koung (KOR, 75) and Sloetjes (70).
• Italy can win their first four matches at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament for the second time after starting the 2000 edition with six wins.
• Teams that won their first four matches at a World Olympic Qualification Tournament have always secured a ticket for the Olympic Games.
• Cristina Chirichella has made 10 stuff blocks in the first three matches, already one more than in her last five matches at the 2015 World Grand Prix.
• Italy can claim four wins in a row at world level for the first time since six straight wins at the 2014 World Championship.