NAIROBI, Kenya- Seven-time champions, Kenya Pipeline and five-time winners, Kenya Prisons, lost their semi-final matches at the Africa Women Club Volleyball Championships in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday night.
Pipeline who are also the national titleholders were beaten 3-1 (25-22,16-25,19-25,8-25) by hosts Al Ahly.
Prisons, who clinched the bronze last year, failed to crack defending champions, Carthage of Tunisia, who won the crunch semi-final tie by a similar 3-1 (15-25,25-22,23-25,21-25) margin.
The defeats relegated the Kenyan outfits to the third place play-off where they will battle it out for bronze.
Cameroonian INJS are set to play in the ranking category for position 9 and 10 following their 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-14) victory against Chlef of Algeria.
Both teams played well in their attacks and blocks. The Algerians had a breathing space in the second set but could not maintain the good run as they finally lost the encounter with straight sets.
Nkumba University of Uganda will also contest the rankings stage for position 9 and 10 after beating country mates, Vision, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-10).
The first set was a tight affair, with exclusive rallies from both sides being the top highlights. However, rejuvenated Nkumba remained strong in defense and attacks.
Namala Habiba was the top spiker for Nkumba with 13 kills as Kagoya Zaina got five for Vision.
Nyong dominated FAP to clinch a 3-1 (28-26, 25-14, 23-25, 25-21) victory in an all Cameroonian affair in the race for positions 13 to 16.
Bafia of Cameroun beat Customs of Nigeria 3-1 (25-21,21-25,25-23,25-22) in 5th to 8th place rankings.
Harare City of Zimbabwe beat Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast in straight sets of 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-22) in the playoff contest for positions 13 to 16.
Asec Mimosas had a brilliant start in the first set, but could not work on their backline defense to block the spikes from Harare City which saw them lose the set.
Harare city came back for the second and the third set more passionate and propelled to an easy victory.
Congolese side, DGSP, outplayed Douanes 3-1 (18-25, 28-26, 25-14, 25-20) to finish 17th overall at the championship. DGSP came from a set down to overcome their opponents in an impressive performance.
Biyela Benedite was top spiker for DGSP with 25 kills and Mabangani Niclette supported with 9 great kills. Dano L D Laure scored the highest number of spikes for Douanes with 17 points.