Prior to reunification, East Germany won the women's volleyball silver medal at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games. The East German team were also crowned European champions in 1983 and 1989.
Since reunification, the German women's team have qualified for the Olympic Games three times. A sixth place finish at the Sydney 2000 Games remains the team's best performance. Germany's best finish in the FIVB Volleyball World Championship as a united country came in 1994, where they finished in fifth place. They were 11th last time around, in 2018.
Germany have been more successful on the continental stage, winning two bronze medals at the European Championships in 1991 and 1993, followed by two silvers in 2011 and 2013.
Germany were present at the inaugural FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in 1993 and competed for the 18th time in the last edition of the competition finishing in 15th place overall. The German team have won the World Grand Prix bronze medal twice since 1993, in 2002 and 2009.