The golden age of Peruvian volleyball was in the 1980s when the team won silver at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, silver at the 1982 FIVB World Championship and bronze at the 1986 World Championship. They had previously finished fourth in the round robin Olympic tournament of Mexico 1968 and had lost to Japan 3-1 in the bronze medal match of Los Angeles 1984. More recently the team has failed to reach those heights, but at continental level, Peru have always been a force and have won a medal at every South American Championship, including a silver in 2015 and bronze in the latest edition in 2017. They have won the title 12 times, most recently in 1993.
Peru were fourth in the inaugural FIVB World Cup in 1973 in Uruguay - their best finish in the competition. They enetered the FIVB World Grand Prix for the first time in 2011 finishing 16th, which is their best placing in that competition. At the Pan American Games Peru have won five silver and three bronze medals, but have not been on the podium since 1991.