Prisons, Pipeline qualify for Africa Club Championship Semis
While Kenya Prisons cruised to the semi-finals of the African Women Volleyball Club Championship semi-finals with a straight sets win, Kenya Pipeline needed a fifth set tie breaker to beat Cameroonian side Bafia 3-2 and progress to the semis.
Prisons who last won the African title in 2013 and finished third during last year’s championship were in superb form beating Rwanda Revenue Authority 3-0. They have shown hunger to reclaim the lost glory and are yet to drop a set in the competition.
The warders saw off the first set comfortably with a 25-11 score, but were made to work in the subsequent final two sets with the Rwandese winning 25-17 and squeezing out a 26-24 win in the final set.
“It was a very tight game especially in the last two sets but we are glad that we could get a win. We had some small mistakes which we hope to correct in the semis,” Lung’aho said after the match.
Kenyan champions Pipeline were however made to work harder by Bafia. They showed dominance by easily picking away the first set winning 25-12. However, the rain began beating them in the second set when a series of errors in reception saw them lose 25-23.
They were however back on their feet in the third set where they won 25-14. Bafia led 8-6 after the first technical time out and momentarily went 10-6 up upon resumption.
However, a time out called by coach Japheth Munala saw the girls bounce back in good fashion, squeezing a 16-12 score at the second technical time out.
They continued their resurgence after the resumption of play, improving much on their reception and blocks before running away 25-14, skipper Triza Atuka finishing up the set with a ferocious strike down the Bafia blocking line.
But, they didn’t seem to have learnt as Bafia pushed the game to the tie breaker winning the third set with an identical 25-23 score. Prisons led at both the first (8-6) and second (16-15) technical time outs but at the business end let off their guard.
Like a script, they woke up when it mattered most, reducing their mistakes and hitting the Cameroonians hard to pick out a comfortable 15-6 win.
Prisons will face the winner between defending champions Carthage and El Shams who play in the other quarter finals later Monday while Pipeline will face the winner between record champions Al Ahly and Nigeria’s Customs.