NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya’s representatives, Pipeline and Prisons, triumphed in their second matches at the ongoing Africa Women Club Volleyball Championships at the Ahly Hall in Cairo, Egypt.
Seven-time champions, Pipeline, beat Vision from Uganda 3-1 in a four-set thriller while Prisons, who have won the tournament five times, outclassed Asec Mimosa from Ivory Coast 3-0.
The Kenyan sides were victorious in the opening matches in their pools with Pipeline cruising over hosts and last year’s runners up, El Shams, 3-0 on Tuesday as Prisons beat Customs of Nigeria with a similar margin a day after.
The brilliant run of form has propelled Pipeline to the apex of Group C while Prisons now tops pool D.
The fixture pitting Prisons and Asec Mimosa was an entirely one-sided affair as the Kenyan outfit bagged maximum points without dropping a set.
Prisons showed their class right from the start to finish by quickly humbling their opponents in straight sets of 3-0 (25-7, 25-17, 25-12) to take full control of Group D.
Coach David Lung’aho named a strong line-up for the first set which included setter, Joy Lusenaka, Edith Wisah and Lorine Chebet, Mercy Moim and captain Everlyne Makuto, Emmaculate Chemtai and Elizabeth Wanyama.
“The players justified their inclusion in the starting line-up by quickly establishing a commanding lead, leading up to a 16-4 margin at the call of the second technical time-out,” Lung’aho underlined.
The lead was extended to 19-6 before the coach made a quick change by replacing Moim with Sharon Chepchumba as Prisons took the first set 25-7 in record time.
Right attacker, Loise Jepkosgei was the new inclusion in the second set that was seemingly compact from the first service, with the scores tied at 8-8 after the second technical time-out. On resumption, Prisons opened a five-point margin at 16-11 before winning the session 25-17.
Lung’aho made changes in the third set which included the introduction of setter Herma Jepyegon, middle blocker Shyrine Jepkemboi and libero Judith Tarus. Others included were Wisah, Moim and Chemtai.
The Ivorians got off to a flying start in this round, establishing a 1-3 lead, before Prisons mounted a comeback to level up and surpass them at the call of the first technical time-out that stood at 8-6 to the Kenyans favour. Prisons immediately stretched their lead to 16-7.
Yvonne Wavinya was introduced to replace Mercy Moim while Diana Khisa came in to replace Wisah at 19-8.
At the same time, Pipeline proved yet again that they are force to be reckoned with after they beat Uganda’s Vision Volleyball Camp 3-1 (25-7, 24-26, 25-13, 25-15) at the venue.
Prisons were poised to take on Douanes of Burkina Faso on Friday night as Pipeline tackle DGSP of Congo thereafter.