Algeria competed in the World Grand Prix for the second time in 2014 and finished bottom of Group 3. They came close to winning their opening match as they lost to Bulgaria in five sets but it was a learning experience for the Africans. The 2013 edition was their debut, when they were selected by the African Volleyball Confederation to represent the continent along with Kenya. They failed to win a set but the experience of the last two years should give them a decent footing this year. They did not qualify for the 2014 World Championship but came equal-21st in their only appearance five years ago.
The Algerians have shown that their ability to handle pressure is one of their main strengths. In 2008 they eliminated Kenya in the deciding match for a berth at the Beijing Olympic Games, and four years later the two teams squared off with a place at London 2012 on the line. Again the Algerians prevailed, and they finished equal-11th place in both Olympic tournaments. They made their first appearance at a World Cup in 2011, where they again beat the Kenyans. Lydia Oulmou will be their key player at the 2015 World Grand Prix. She competed at Beijing 2008, captained the side in London four years later and plays professionally in France for Hainaut Volley.