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CAVB Tech Director Howyda Mondy representing the trophy to Prisons Captain Jane Wacu
21 June 2011
Prisons continue golden reign with third African crown
Nairobi, Kenya, April 9, 2011- Prisons captured their second consecutive women’s African title after defeating their arch rivals Pipeline in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) at Nazarene University Hall in Nairobi, Kenya in front of the full capacity of 3000 spectators on Saturday. Due to the early injury of Pipeline strong attacker Asha Makuto in the first set it seemed an easy game for Prisons, who overwhelmed their Kenyan sisters to take home their third African Championship in four years. It was a repeat of the 2010 final in Mauritius where Prisons won 3-1 to represent the continent in the Club World Championship where they finished fifth.
After 2008, 2010 Prisons clinched the African crown for the third time to secure a berth at the 2011 FIVB Club World Championship berth to be hosted in Qatar later this year.
Al Ahly of Egypt secured the bronze medal after they flew past the struggling Injs team of Cameroon 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-24).
The final was attended by the vice chancellor of Africa Nazarene University Professor Leah Marangu, the Assistant Office of Prim Minister Mr. Alfread Khanagati, Kenya Volleyball Federation President and Local organizing Committee president Waithaka Kioni, CAVB Technical Director Howyda Mondy, Referee Delegate Emmanuel Ngoloko and the SOC Delegate Morakinyo Ebenezer and the CAVB Medical Commission President Dr. Hossam Bahgat.
Meanwhile the other ranking positions were determined through the classification matches on Friday where the dark horses Water Sports of Ethiopia claimed their best ever finish as they outclassed Jos South of Nigeria to finish fifth improving their best ever 7th position in 2009.
Bejaia of Algeria finished seventh after the sudden withdrawal of their opponent Revenue Authority of Rwanda due to political causes in their country and they were ranked eighth.
Efoulan finished ninth ahead of ST Denis that ends tenth, while Naceria of Algeria took over KCB of Kenya for the 11th position. KCB had the worst ever finish since they started the participation in this competition in 1995 finishing 12th. In the 13 and 14 classification match Kutlwano of Botswana nailed Jeshi Stars of Tanzania. Les As of Burundi finished at the bottom of the standings.
Prisons flew past their compatriots Pipeline 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) in the exciting final of the competition lasting 76 minutes.
The match started by a minute of silence to mourn the CAVB Referee Commission Secretary Mohamed Saidone of Algeria who passed away on Friday
It was an exciting start by long rallies with a big fighting spirit from both teams. After a good start from Pipeline through their quick attacks through Roseline Odhiambo and the side attacks from Esther Wangechi they led 8-6 at the first technical timeout FTT. They continued their superior performance till they were ahead 13-12 when their wing spiker Asha Makuto had a knee torsion that forced her to leave the pitch. Prisons regained their rhythm and used the psychological defect happened to their opponent after the injury of their star to dominate the net action through the artistry of their setter Jane Wacu until they won the set 25-22.
The second set showed early activity for Prisons team through the spikes of the opposite Lydia Maiyo from position 2 and Esther Movombe from position 4. But quickly Pipeline regained the rhythm to sent their unstoppable hits through Wangechi and Lucy Chege that allowed their team to draw 13-13. Prisons showed a considerable improvement in their backline defense that pave the way for their setter Wacu to arrange her combinations to most of her attackers to win the set 25-22.
In the third set prison players were more motivated and the reverse happened to Pipeline who committed frequent mistakes that allowed the defending champions to lead 8-3 at the FTT. Prisons continued their superiority as the middle blocker Joan Kibor succeeded to win many points through her impermeable block to stay ahead 16-8. Pipeline struggled to save the match and played their best in attacks but Prisons were more stable to win the set 25-22 and the match 3-0.
Ahly of Egypt rebounded back from one set behind to secure a 3-1 victory (17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-24) over the highly performing Injs team from Cameroon in classification match for the third and fourth positions. The match lasting for 122 minutes gave Ahly the bronze medal while Injs finished in the 4th position.
Injs started the match deploying their solid block of Ntami Ngon and Roline Tatchou as the latter succeeded to win the first set point from a successful block. Injs went easily towards leading 8-6 at the FTT. The Cameroonian team overwhelmed the net action completely and the opposite spiker Nzeko Michelle sent her razor sharp hits from position 2 that allowed her team to lead widely 25-17.
In the second set Ahly changed the Libero Sara Talaat who was sick to be replaced by Aya Mahmoud and they succeeded to improve their backline defense and blocking through Hagar Badr and Ingy El Shami. They also organize their attacks through the wing spikers Nahla and Sherihan Abdel Kader to lead 16-12 at the STT. Due to some mistakes in Injs defense Ahly widened the score to 22-15 before Injs succeeded to make a wide turn over to draw 22-22. Ahly won the critical points to clinch the set 25-22.
Injs returned back to their superiority through their fast combinations led by the skilful setter Juliette Asta who led the attacks that made her team ahead 16-12 at the STT. With the proper defense of Ahly they had a big rebound to win the set 25-21 after Nahla made a good depot.
Ahly continued playing with a lot of motivation in the fourth set and due to their proper reception they succeeded to lead 8-4. Injs team returned back to score 5 successive points that allowed them to lead 9-8. Ahly’s defense improved again to control the match and regain the lead 20-18 and then they went through to win the set 26-24 and the match 3-1.
5-6 positions: Water Sport (ETH) vs. Jos South (NGR) 3-2 (25-19, 18-25, 11-25, 25-16, 15-10)
7-8 positions: Bejaia (ALG) vs. Revenue Auth (RWA) 3-0 (25-0, 25-0, 25-0)
9-10 positions: ST Denis (REU)vs. Efoulan (CMR) 3-2 (20-25, 13-25, 25-22, 25-12, 15-11)
11-12 Positions: Naceria (ALG) vs. KCB (KEN) 3-2 (25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 17-25, 15-8)
13-14 Positions: Kutlwano (BOT) vs. Jeshi Stars (TAN) 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-18)
15 position: Les As (BUR)
Final and Bronze Medal Results
3-4 Positions: Ahly (EGY) vs. Injs (CMR) 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-24)
Final: Pipeline (KEN) vs. Prisons (KEN) 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Al Ahly (Egypt)
Water Sports (Nigeria)
Jos South (Nigeria)
Revenue Authority (Rwanda)
ST Denis (Reunion)
Jeshi Stars (Tanzania)
Les As (Burundi)