Kenya trounce Egypt to be crowned regional Volleyball Queens
Kenya captain Mercy Moim receiving the trophy after Kenya beat Egypt in the final Zone 5 qualifier match for the Africa Cup of Nations held in Nairobi
Kenya's Malkia strikers will head to the Africa Cup of Nations with a stronger bid for their title defense following their remarkable performance during the regional Zone 5 qualifiers that saw them finish at the top of the standings with 100 percent win record.
The Kenyan girls edged Egypt with straight sets of (25:18, 25:17,25:17) on Sunday to conclude the three days championships at Nairobi's Kasarani arena without dropping a single set having beaten all three teams Uganda Rwanda and Egypt with a 3-0 margin.
Egypt were quick off the blocks to open a four point gap in the opening proceedings of the match for an 8-5 lead at the first time out.
Trailing 8-13, Kenya staged a spirited come back to tie 13-13 with setter Janet Wanja's direct serve points and two crucial blocks by Trizah Atuka and Everlyne Makuto bringing the hosts back into the match.
From here henceforth, Kenya took a two point lead for the first time with Makuto's three successive points from the Serve stretching Kenya's lead to 21-17.
Substitute Immaculate Chemtai's touch out strike earned Kenya the first set with 25-18 score.
The second set started in favor of the Egyptians who dominated opening action but Kenya took charge after the first technical time out to lead all the way to a 25-17 win.
The third set was equally competitive with the Egyptian attempting a possible comeback as they stretched Kenya only to get stuck at the 17 point mark as Kenya -powered by their noisy loyal home fans- picked the crucial win that crowned them regional queens.
Earlier at the same venue ,Uganda came from down to overthrow pre match favorites 3-2 ( 23-25,19-25,125-16,25-23 and 15-9) to take home the third place tag.
Kenya and Egypt will now head to Cameroon to represent the region in the chase for the slots to the World Championships in Japan.