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6 April 2013
Antananarivo, Madagascar, April 6, 2013- Heavy favourites Ahly (Egypt), FAP (Cameroon) and Ndejje University (Uganda) joined the already qualified Prisons, Pipeline (Kenya), GS Petroliers, Bejaia (Algeria) and APR (Rwanda) to the quarterfinal of the 2013 Women's African Club Championship being ranked first and second of their corresponding preliminary pools at the end of the preliminary round held at the Palais des Sports Hall in Antananarivo, Madagascar on Saturday.
Ahly set the third victory over AS Tanda (Cote d'Ivoire) in pool D to finish as leaders of the pool followed by FAP who defeated VB Diamand (Madagascar). Ndejje University clinched a crucial victory against Manga Sport (Gabon) in pool C to finish second and secure the quarter's ticket.
Other matches revealed third victories for the GS Petroliers (Algeria) and Pipeline (Kenya) over Prisons (Kenya) and Les AS (Burundi) respectively. MB Bejaia (Algeria) confirmed leading Pool A following the win against APR (Rwanda).
At the end of the preliminary round Ahly and Pipeline were the only teams to win all their matches without dropping a set.
Sunday will be a rest day for all the participating teams and the competition will be resumed by the Quarterfinal matches on Monday.
MB Bejaia (ALG) beat APR (RWA) 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-15)
MB Bejaia overcame the sluggish start to defeat APR (Rwanda) in straight sets in 65 minutes. Bejaia started in low performance allowing the Rwandan team to take advance several times. Bejaia then controlled the match in the second and third sets.
GS Petroliers (ALG) beat Prisons (KEN) 3-2 (25-22, 25-27, 25-23, 28-30, 15-12)
In the competition most exciting game GS Petroliers (ALG) beat Prisons (KEN) 3-2 (25-22, 25-27, 25-23, 28-30, 15-12) in long Marathon lasting 123 minutes. It was a fantastic game full of thrill and volleyball action as both teams use thee different combinations specially in the first set which showed exciting rallies till the Algerian team won the set 25-22. Prisons rebounded in the second set to have a wide lead 8-3 and 16-11 at the TTOs till Zohra Bensalem and Safia Boukhima regained the rhythm to lead 24-22 before Prisons came on time using the setter Jane Wacu to arrange the attacks to win the set 27-25. The fight have become more aggressive in the third set as the Algerians showed a highly disciplined backline defence which aided them to win the set narrowly 25-23 to lead 2-1. Prisons fought hardly to win the fourth set 30-28 after efficient blocks from both teams. GSP controlled the tiebreak using Prisons mistakes to win 15-12.
Water Sport (ETH) beat Kutlwano (BOT) 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-22)
Water Sport (ETH) played their best to fly past Kutlwano (BOT) 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-22) in their last pool match lasting minutes. The Ethiopian team sent their sharp services which disturbed Kutlwano's reception and aided their attacks to organise the combinations properly. Water Sports finish the pool matches in the third position with 1-2 record to be ranked third leaving Kutlwano at the bottom of the pool 0-3.
Pipeline (KEN) beat Les As (BUR) 3-0 (25-15, 25-9, 25-10)
Pipeline (Kenya) took over Le AS (Burundi) easily 3-0 (25-15, 25-9, 25-10) in a one side game fully controlled by the winners. Burundi team was affected by the great effort they did yesterday in their match against Manga Sport (Gabon) where they won 3-1 so their performance dropped dramatically. Pipeline played with most of their list in the match which gave some substitutes emotions to perform very well. After Les AS fought considerably in the first set, Pipeline fully controlled the match to win the second and third sets widely.
Ndejje University (UGA) beat Manga Sport (GAB) 3-0 (27-25, 25-12, 25-14)
Ndejje University (Uganda) qualified for the quarterfinal for the first time following their straight sets victory over Manga Sport (Gabon) 3-0 (27-25, 25-12, 25-14) in 70 minutes. The Ugandan team was more insistent to win as they fought hardly in defence and were better in their attacks to clinch the victory that put them in the second position of the pool with 2-1 record, while Manga dropped to 0-3.
Ahly (EGY) beat AS Tanda (CIV) 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-13)
Ahly (Egypt) completed their clean sheet and hammered AS Tanda in the competition's shortest match lasting only 50 minutes 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-13). Ahly started with the substitute players who performed well specially Nahla Abdelkader and Nermeen Seifelnasr. By the second and third sets Ahly started to introduce the main players gradually and succeeded through the strong spike services to disturb all the opponent tactics.
Ahly finished the group stage at the top of the pool with a win- loss ratio of 3-0, while Tanda dropped to 1-2 to be ranked third.
FAP (CMR) beat VB Diamand (MAD) 3-1 (18-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20)
FAP (Cameroon) came back from one set behind to pull off a 3-1 (18-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20) win against VB Diamand (Madagascar) in 90 minutes. Cameroon team started very disturbed specially in reception and blocking and thus they lost the first set which showed a great performance from the Madagascar team. FAP concentrated all the power as they could arrange their attacks to win three successive sets gaining 3-1 victory.
The victory improved FAP record to 2-1 to finish the pool matches at the second position leaving Diamand at the bottom of the pool with 0-3.
Quarterfinal Program, April 8
15:00 Bejaia (ALG) X FAP (CMR)
17:00 Ahly (EGY) X APR (RWA)
19:00 GSP (ALG) X Ndejje (UGA)
21:00 Pipeline (KEN) X Prisons (KEN)
9:00 Stef Auto (MAD) X VB Diamand
AS Tanda (CIV) X Bye
11:00 Water Sport (ETH) X Manga Sport (GCO)
13:00 Les As (BUR) X Kutlwano (BOT)
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