No respite for African volleyball queens.
Kenyan women’s volleyball team succumbed to their fifth straight loss as they went down 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-14) to Poland at the Hala Mistrzow Arena in Wclowek, Poland.
The straight-set defeat means that Kenya is yet to win a set at this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix, and Malkia Strikers now have just one more match to prove that they are good enough to remain in the highly competitive Group Two.
The hosts needed just 74 minutes to defeat the Kenyan team who are participating in Group Two for the first time in history.
Assistant captain Mercy Moim scored 11 points for Kenya but her opposite number, Malwina Smartzek accounted for 13 for Poland and was named Most Impressive player in that game.
Poland took a comfortable 16-11 lead at the second technical time-out and did not look back. Captain Brackcides Khadambi showed a few technical hits, but her team could not deal with the Polish attack. The first set ended with a double-touch error on Kenya’s side at 25-18.
The second and third sets were even more daunting, with Poland installing a 9-3 lead after just four minutes in the game. The hosts extended their lead to 23-9 at the third technical time out before showcasing some brilliant skill to wrap up that set with an emphatic 25-10 score.
In the last set, Kenya fought harder and held the ghosts to a 9-8 score at the first time out, but poor reception and lack of communication saw Poland win consecutive points through Tamara Kaliszuk and Jacek Nawrocki and finished that set on top at 25-14.
Coach David Lung’aho was left bewildered by the level of skill exhibited by the Polish girls, and he accepted that there was little that his team could do to deal with their attacks.
“Poland have a very strong serve which we could not receive well. They just played very good volleyball, even their young players, and they had massive support from the fans. I appreciate the chance we had to play against them because I believe that they will go back to being the best teams in the world very soon.”
“I hope that tomorrow’s match will be the one which we win because we have played Argentina a number of times now. I am sure that with good reception we can achieve a better result,” he said.