National champions Kenya Pipeline hammered Algerian side CS Sfaxien 3-1 on Thursday evening in the quarters of Africa Women’s Volleyball Club Championships as the surge forward to reclaim the African women’s volleyball crown they last won in the year 2005.
This is their third year to book a semis berth in a row. In 2014 Kenya Pipeline was eliminated in the semis by Algerian giants GSP Petroliers, and they beat the same team (Petroliers) 3-2 in the 2015 semifinals on their way to the finals where they lost to Al Ahly.
If the above progression at the is anything to go by, and if Kenya Pipeline’s maintains excellence and make good their title hunt, the least Kenya expects from the Embakasi outfit is the title.
Both sides showed their intentions to garner a ticket to the semis at the beginning of the set one where CS Sfaxien was hot on Pipeline’s heels and only allowed the latter a point’s lead (8-7) at the first breather. The Kenyan girls maintained the lead and bagged the set 25-15. In the second set, the Algerian squad tried new tactics but the 2005 winners proved stronger and clinched with a 25-18 margin.
Hell broke loose in the third set for the 2015’s finalist as the ‘Pipeline’ became perforated and CS Sfaxien easily collected points. Kenya Pipeline’s reception got pathetic, serves weakened a little bit and attackers could not hit past the Algerian’s blocks. The Kenyan holders lost the set 15-25.
The Japheth Munala-coached outfit regrouped an found their winning ways for the fourth set, sealing the match 25-17. Kenya Pipeline will face Carthage in the semi finals.