Kenyan Prisons and Pipelines through to final spot

21 June 2011

Nairobi, Kenya, April 6, 2011- Two Kenyan, the defending champions Prisons and the record holders Pipeline qualified to the final spot of the 2011 Women’s African Club Championship to repeat the final of the 2010 edition in Mauritius following their thrilling victories over the Egyptian and Cameroonian giants Ahly and Injs in the semifinal matches held here at African Nazarene Hall on Wednesday.

The two Kenyan arch rivals meet in the final of the competition on Saturday while Ahly meets Injs for the bronze medal.

Prisons of Kenya proved their consistency and trounced Ahly of Egypt 3-1 (25-20, 14-25, 25-20, 25-21) in 98 minutes of exciting volleyball action. Pipeline blocked Injs key stars towards a straight sets (25-23, 25-22, 25-18) victory in the other semifinal.

The record holders Pipeline seeks eighth title while the recently coming Prisons search for the third cup in 4 years.

The competition acts as a qualifier for the 2011 FIVB Club World Championship to be hosted in Qatar later this year.

The competition black horses Water Sports of Ethiopia reached their best ever finish when they outclassed the more experienced Bejaia team of Algeria to play for the 5th and 6th positions; their best ever after the 2009 seventh position.

Semifinal 1-4

Pipeline of Kenya used all the power including the big support of their spectators to cruise past the solid Injs team from Cameroon 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-18) in 74 minutes.

Pipeline qualified for the final for the second year in a row while Injs plays for the Bronze medal.

The match started very exciting with both teams knowing everything about the other and controlling the key players. Pipeline aided by the home crowd led continuously through the strong hits of the wing spiker Asha Makuto until the first technical timeout. Injs blocked well through the experienced Ahone Ngome to draw 16-16 before the Kenyan spiker Esther Wangechi finalized the competitive situation with the set points 25-23.

Pipeline players became highly motivated to continue the same rhythm in the second set as the coach Munala Japheth fielded the experienced wing spiker Catherine Wanjiru. The young setter Rose Magoi led the team with her combinations to 18-12 gap before the Cameroonian team emerged to win some key points that decreased the point deficit gradually till Pipeline won the set 25-22. The third set showed frequent reception and digging mistakes for Injs that facilitates the way for the Kenyans to go through comfortably making a wide point gap 16-9 and 22-15 until they won the set 25-18.

The defending champions Prisons of Kenya outclassed Ahly of Egypt 3-1 (25-20, 14-25, 25-20, 25-21) in a thrilling semifinal lasting 98 minutes. Prisons qualified to the final for the second time in a row, while Ahly play for the bronze medal.

Prisons started the match using their strong wing spikers specially Lydia Maiyo and Mercy Moim to lead 8-6 at the FTT. Ahly rebounded through deploying the solid block of Hagar Badr and Ingi El Shami to decrease the point deficit and enter the match action. After the STT, Prisons regained the dominance through the skilful combinations led by the setter Jane Wacu to win the set 25-20.

The second set showed early Ahly dominance through their quick attacks by the centers Hagar Badr and Mona Badawy to lead 8-5 at the FTT. Prisons improved their defense to come over through the spikes of Maiyo and Joan Kibor to decrease the point difference to 13-11 before Ahly scored 3 successive points to reach to 16-11 at the STT. Ahly continued their superior performance to win the set 25-14.

Prisons returned back to their rhythm to win the third set 25-20 after they overwhelmed the net action in blocking and spiking through Maiyo and Diana Khisa. Ahly started the fourth set eager to save the match and they had early lead through the powerful hits of Nahla Sameh and Ingy but quickly the setter Wacu played fantastic role to lead her team to win the set 25-21 and the match 3-1.

Play off 5-8

The emerging Jos South team of Nigeria had to work hard for 96 minutes to overcome the resistant team of Revenue Authority from Rwanda 3-1 (27-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19). The better reception and blocking was the key factor of success of the Nigerian team as they worked well in both items to prevent the Rwandan team from using their potent attacking power. After a thriller first set that won by Jos narrowly the Rwandan team had a rapid come back to draw 1-1 before the Nigerians had a narrow lead again in the third set. The experience and the effective block made it easy for Jos to win the easiest fourth set.

Jos South plays for the 5 and 6 positions while R Authority competes for the 7 and 8.

The competition dark horse Water Sports from Ethiopia continued their surprises and came from one set behind to clinch 3-1 victory (17-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14) over Bejaia in 85 minutes. Water Sports plays for the 5th and 6th positions which is the best in their history after the 7th position in 2009, and Bejaia plays for the 7 and 8 standings.

Bejaia started the match in a very good performance that allowed them to win the first set comfortably but the Ethiopian team returned back rapidly and arranged their combination to win three successive sets through the efficient spikers T Yopil and Rahel.

Play off 9-12

St Denis club of Reunion continued their steady performance to over power KC Bank of Kenya in straight sets 25-20, 25-21, 26-24 in 77 minutes

The Reunion team plays for the 9 and 10 positions in their first ever African participation while KCB plays for the 11 and 12 standings which is the worst in their history.

Efoulan of Cameroon played their best match in their first ever appearance in the African showpiece and hammered the more experienced Naceria team of Algeria 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-23). Efoulan controlled the match through their disciplined backline defense and block and thus they didn’t allow the Algerians to use their tall players by the net.

Play off 13-16

Jeshi Sport of Tanzania secured their competition first win over the winless Les As of Burundi 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-16) in 64 minutes. Les As finished the competition at the 15th and last position while Jeshi Stars play for the 13 and 14 positions.



Quarterfinal

Favorites remain on course and advance to the semifinals

Nairobi, Kenya, April 5, 2011- The traditional forces remain in course at the 2011 Women’s Club Championship as the two Kenyan giants the defending champions Prisons and the record holders Pipelines as well as the Ahly (EGY) and Injs (CMR) found their way towards the semifinal of the competition. The two times African champions Prisons cruised past the dark horses Water Sports 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-17), while the 7 times record holders Pipeline defeated Authority of Rwanda 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-15). Ahly who has 6 titles under their built over powered Bejaia of Algeria 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 27-25) and the emerging Injs of Cameroon took over the highly motivated Jos South of Nigeria 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18) at Nazanrene University hall in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday.

At Brook School hall ST Denis (REU), Naceria (ALG) and KCB (KEN) won their matches in the play off matches of the 9 to 16 positions.

The competition features exciting clashes on Wednesday when Ahly meets Prisons and Pipeline plays Injs in the semifinals at Nazarene.

Quarterfinal 1-8 positions

The organizers Pipeline of Kenya hammered Revenue Authority of Rwanda 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-15) in 67 minutes after a fantastic performance from the team stars specially the left attacker Asha Makuto and the opposite Lucy Chege. The winners led the match by their fast rhythm using also the centers Emily Chemutai and Christine Siwa and the strong attacks from the wings specially Makuto.

Pipeline qualified to the semifinal for the ninth time in a raw, while R Authority plays for the 5-8 standings.

The defending champions Prisons from Kenya remain on course to continue their way towards the third African title as they took over the dark horses of the competition Water Sports of Ethiopia 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-17) in 59 minutes. Prisons qualified to the semis for the third time in their short history while Water Sport plays to improve their best ever ranking when they finished seventh two years ago.

The winners used the artistry of their setter Jane Wacu and the impermeable block to stop the strong attackers of the Ethiopian team. Although water Sports improved their block and backline defense relatively in the third set they couldn’t stop the strong Prisons attacks and this gave the Kenyan team the privilege to win the match in straight sets.

Ahly of Egypt showed their consistency to sweep Bejaia of Algeria 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 27-25) in 62 minutes. The Egyptian team went through to the semifinal to play for the final 4 while Bejaia plays for the 5-8 play off. The match started with a much disciplined line up that succeeded to dominate the net action through the centers Hagar Badr and Mona Badawy to win the first set widely 25-12. The second set showed more improvement in the reception and backline defense that allowed them to win the set easily to widen the score to 2-0. The Algerian setter Silia Magnana led her team to a good come back during the third set as she led the team to advance most of the set till 19-17 when Ahly players returned back through the sisters Sherihan and Nahla Abdel Kader in the wings of the attack to clinch the most difficult set 27-15.

Injs of Cameroon overcame the disturbed start to fly past the highly motivated Jos South of Nigeria 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18) in 102 minutes. Injs qualified to the semifinal while Jos South plays for the 5-8 brackets.

The Nigerian team started the match highly concentrating and they led frequently through the performance of their star P Mercy until the Cameroonian team returned back aggressively through the skillful setting of the setter Jurette Gamkoua and the powerful hits of Carn Michele to win the set in a fantastic way. The second set showed more improvement in Injs attacking power that allowed them to win easier the second set. The Nigerian team emerged again with their spike service and the better block to win the third set before the Injs returned back to their performance and used the mistakes of the Nigerians in reception towards 3-1 victory.

Play off 9-16

Naceria of Algeria fought well for 86 minutes to take over the solid Kutlwano team from Botswana 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 25-18). The key factor of the victory was the effort of the Algerian attacks who overwhelmed the net action and controlled the Botswana tall players. The victory led Naceria team to play for the 9-12, but Kutlwano for the 13-15 standings.

KC Bank of Kenya played their best in the competition to overcome Jeshi Stars of Tanzania 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-21) in 57 minutes. Although the Kenyan team played without motivation after they missed the quarterfinal for the first time in 7 years, their stars specially Efumbi and Makokah led their team to end the job quickly to play for the 9 to 12 positions. The Tanzanian team plays for 13 to 15 positions.

St Denis of Reunion found it easy to sweep Les As of Burundi 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-11) in 52 minutes. The good service from the winners ended the job as fast as they could because it wasn’t tolerated by the losers.

St Denis plays for the 9-12 standings and Les As for the 13-15.

Quarterfinal Results

1-8 positions

Pipeline (KEN) x 2nd D Revenue Auth (RWA) 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-15)

Ahly (EGY) x Bejaia (ALG) 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 27-25)

Prisons (KEN) x Water Sport (ETH) 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-17)

Injs (CMR) x Jos South (NGR) 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18)

9-16 positions

ST Denis (REU) x LES AS (BUR) 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-11)

Efoulan (CMR) x 4thA (Bye) Efoulan Qualified

Naceria (ALG) x Kutlwano (BOT) 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 25-18)

KCB (KEN) x Jeshi Stars (TAN) 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-21)

Semifinal Program

Semifinal 1-4 positions

Pipeline (KEN) x Injs (CMR)

Ahly (EGY) x Prisons (KEN)

Play off 5-8

Revenue Auth (RWA) vs. Jos South (NGR)

Bejaia (ALG) x Water Sport (ETH)

9-12 play off

ST Denis (REU) x KCB (KEN)

Efoulan (CMR) x Naceria (ALG)

13-16 play off

LES AS (BUR) x Jeshi Stars (TAN)

Kutlwano (BOT) x Bye





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