So near yet so far for Malkia Strikers at World Champs

So near yet so far for Malkia Strikers at World Champs
Malkia Strikers at the FIVB World Championships

Malkia’s sole victory from the tournament was against Cameroon, while they lost against hosts Netherlands, Belgium and European champions Italy, all by straight sets.

Malkia Strikers’ dream of making it to the second round of the FIVB Women’s World Championships for the first time ever went up in smoke on Saturday after losing their final Group A match three sets to one against Puerto Rico.

Malkia only needed to win this match to finish fourth in the group and claim the sole remaining second round slot, but the South Americans, who beat Cameroon yesterday, managed to do one better and clinch victory.

Malkia had a slow start and lost the opening set 25-15, but rallied with a good response in the second set, winning 25-19 to set the game all square.

The Kenyan girls had the momentum in the game but couldn’t sustain it, Puerto Rico coming out all guns blazing to win the second set 25-18 and put the game to rest in the fourth set with a 25020 score.


Abercrombie Brittany was Puerto Rico’s star player, contributing a team high 20 points while Ocasio Carina had 13, two players hitting double figures.

Kenya had three players hitting double figures, Veronica Adhiambo hitting a game high 22, Edith Wisa contributing with 12 while Sharon Chepchumba had 11.

Malkia’s sole victory from the tournament was against Cameroon, while they lost against hosts Netherlands, Belgium and European champions Italy, all by straight sets.