NAIROBI, Kenya- Five time champions, Kenya Prisons, started their hunt for 2018 Africa Club Women Volleyball Championships on sound footing by crushing Customs of Nigeria 3-0 at the Ahly Club Hall in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday night.
Last year’s bronze medallists breezed through in straight sets of 25-10,25-15,25-15 against Customs who opened their Pool D campaign with a 3-1 win against Injs of Cameroon on Tuesday night.
“Tension filled the air as we took the opponents to task. We kept our balance well on court to seal any loopholes. Composure and experience kept us going as we took the game to bed,” Prisons head coach, David Lung’aho underlined.
Prisons took charge of the fast paced opening set to establish a comfortable 11-4 margin. They stretched the lead to 16-4 after time-outs before ending the contest with a 25-10 win.
The second set began the same way, with Prisons establishing a healthy 16-9 lead forcing Customs to call for a technical time out.
Good fighting spirit from the Nigerians saw them pull back a few points before they finally went down 25-15.
Prison’s head coach, Lung’aho, made several changes in the third set. He replaced team captain, Everlyne Makuto, with Charon Chepchumba while prolific setter, Herma Chepyegon, replaced Joy Lusenaka.
The set was more compact with the Nigerian outfit who trailed 10-8 calling for a technical time out.
Prisons widened the gap on resumption, extending their lead to 14-9 and 16-11 before eventually winning the it 25-15.
Apart from Makuto, other outstanding players for the winners were debutant Lorine Chebet, Lusenaka and right attacker, Emmaculate Chemtai.
Statement of intent
The conquest by Prisons was seen as a statement of intent by the Kenyan side whose mission is to win a sixth gong this year.
In other Group D matches, Injs of Cameroun recovered from their loss to Customs, to see off Asec of Ivory coast 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-12).
In Group B, defending champions Carthage of Tunisia beat debutantes Harare City of Zimbabwe 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-9).
In Group C, El-Shams of Egypt recovered from a narrow loss to Kenya Pipeline on Tuesday to beat Vision Club of Uganda 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-20).
DGSP of Congo suffered their second loss of the championship after going down 0-3 to FAP of Cameroun (22-25, 24-26, 11-25) in Group C.
In Group A, Rwanda Revenue Authority, under the tutelage of Kenyan legend, Dorcas Ndasaba, began their quest for the title by beating Nyong of Cameroun 3-1 (25-18, 15-25, 25-21, 25-14).