Mexico close to ending 48-year Olympic absence


Mexico City, Mexico, June 5, 2016 - Mexico would definitely make the line-up for Rio if they win at least two sets against Tunisia in the last match of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Mexico City. If Chile loses at least two sets in the game with Algeria before that, then Tunisia will also have a shot at the Games with a 3-0 win against the hosts.

• Mexico and Tunisia most recently met at the 2014 World League. 
• Mexico won the first meeting in Mexico City in straight sets, while Tunisia won the second meeting in Tunis in five sets (25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 15-13).
• Tunisia have played NORCECA sides on four occasions in 2015. They lost in straight sets to Canada and United States at the World Cup.
• At the 2015 World League they won and lost one match against Puerto Rico (both 3-1).

• Mexico can qualify for the Olympic Games for the second time, after 1968, when they hosted the Games.
• They can win three matches in a row at a major tournament for the first time this century.
• Carlos Guerra leads all players in scoring at the World Olympic Qualification tournament in Mexico with 38 points.
• Tomas Aguilera and Tunisia's Khaled Ben Slimane have each scored six stuff blocks.

• Tunisia are hoping to participate in their seventh Olympic Games after 1972, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2004 and 2012.
• Tunisia can win two matches in a row in a major competition for the first time since four successive wins at the 2015 African Championships.
• Khaled Ben Slimane is the setter with the highest average per set in Mexico - 6.57 average by set.
• Mohamed Ali Ben Othmen Miladi has the highest efficiency as receiver - 37.04%.


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