Croatia women's national volleyball team
"Lausanne, Switzerland, June 22, 2016 - When Croatia [in the image on the top right] defeated Kazakhstan to win FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 3 on Sunday, Samanta Fabris stole the headlines with a haul of 27 points from 19 attacks, three blocks and five winning serves. It was Angela Leyva of Peru, however, who confirmed her position as the group's top scorer when she added 32 points to her total to help Peru claim bronze against South American rivals Colombia."
"Croatia will make their third World Championship appearance in Italy [in 2014, image of the team, second down on the right] after previously qualifying in 1998 and 2010. Their campaign four years ago was a challenging one. After defeating Cuba and Kazakhstan in their pool, Croatia missed out on qualification for the knockout stages due to an inferior set ratio, and finished 17th. How different it was 16 years ago, when they lost two of their three matches in Japan but still progressed. Defeat to Cuba in their final match of the second group stage meant a classification match against Japan. They beat the hosts but eventually lost against Italy in the fifth place play-off."
"The team will take encouragement from their fifth-place finish at last year's European Championship where they defeated the Netherlands in the pool play-offs, before a quarterfinal loss to Germany. Croatia enters the 2014 World Championship looking to build on this year's World Grand Prix campaign where they qualified for the Group 3 Final Round and beat Kazakhstan 3-0 to take third."