GSU, Prisons falter in Men's Africa Volleyball Club Championships
Kenyan sides at the ongoing Men's Africa Volleyball Club Championships went down fighting in their second preliminary matches played at the Ahly Hall 2 in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday night.
Former national champions Prisons squandered a one set lead against Libyan side Al Swehly.
On the other hand, General Service Unit's efforts to bounce back from a two-set deficit was dealt a blow by Uganda's Nemo Stars in the tie breaker.
Prison Kenya romped to a 25-22 won in the opening set before all hell broke loose in the ensuing sets. The North Africans pulled up their show winning the second set 19-25 and replicated the same scoreline (19-25) in the third. Stuff seemed to have changed to go the Kenyan squad's way but Al Swehly heard the last laugh with a 27-29 win in the pool 'C' tie.
The pool 'D' clash between Nemo Stars and GSU was very entertaining as the former- viewed as an underdog in the continental stage- took an early lead dominating the first set with some heavy hits for a 25-20 win. GSU came back fighting in the second set and led at the first technical timeout exhibiting great structured play and defence, but Nemo Stars eventually outmuscled them to win the second set 25-23 and enjoy a 2-0 advantage.
The third set was a turn around point of the game as the Kenyan paramilitary side came out guns blazing with power hits and towering blocks in the defense, to cage the Ugandans. This display won GSU the third and fourth sets 18-25 and 25-27 respectively to level affairs at 2-2 and forcing a tie breaker.
Having had an few minutes to analyse GSU players and their way of play, the technical bench devised a strategy to counter their adversaries' moves. Nemo Stars regrouped and bounced back to denied their neighbours 15-8 and seal a 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 25-27, 15-8) victory.