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Algeria, Kazakhstan face World Grand Prix play-off

 
Kazkhstan (pictured) and Algeria ranked joint-21st at last year's FIVB Women's World Championship in Japan
 

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 5, 2011 – The FIVB announced on Tuesday that the vacancy for the 16th berth in this year's FIVB World Grand Prix would be decided by two play-off matches between Algeria and Kazakhstan.

It will be the first time that a World Grand Prix final spot will be decided through a play-off in the 19 years of the tournament.

The two games will take place at the Salle Chaalane Hocine competition hall in Blida, northern Algeria on May 12 and 14. If the two countries are tied by the end of the second match then a golden set will be played to determine the winner.

Algeria are seeking to reach the premier annual women's tournament for the first time. The north Africans finished joint-21st along with Kazakhstan at the FIVB Women's World Championship last year in Japan.

If Kazakhstan win, they will advance to their third World Grand Prix following a 10th-place finish in 2007 and a 12th-place finish in 2008.

The World Grand Prix runs from August 5-8 with the final round due to take place in Macau, China. The 15 teams already confirmed for this year's intercontinental round are titleholders USA, reigning world champions Brazil, Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Dominican Republic, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Thailand, Korea, China and Japan.





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