PRESS RELEASE 17.10.2004


Egyptian women obtain World Championship spot - Day three

Abuja, Nigeria, October 17, 2004 - The women's U-20 team joined the Boys U-19 team in seizing a second World Championship vacancy for Egypt. After a straight-sets victory (25-21, 25-12, 25-20) over the host Nigeria in the final of the tenth Women U-20 African Nations Championship in Abuja, Nigeria, thus qualifying for the 2005 Women U-20 World Championship in Turkey. Egypt's boys had earlier obtained one of the two African vacancies together with Tunisia on the 2005 Boys U-19 World Championship in Algeria two weeks ago.

In the first set of the final the Nigerian team had a powerful start leading 8-7 after several, successful blocks by Theress Okonmah who won the prize for best blocker in the competition. Egypt continued with the high net performance of Sherihan Sameh, who became the most valuable player, to lead 16-14, to finish the set 25-21 in 23 minutes. On the second set Ingy Hamdy started her high performance by the net helping Sherhan to obtain many points and win the set comfortably 25-21 in 21 minutes.

The Nigerian team tried to save the match in the third set through the keen defence of their Libero, Adeshola Oladapo, almost catching-up with Egypt many times throughout the set until the Egyptian setter Eman Sarwat led her team through skillful setting for both Ingy and Sherhan winning the set 25-20 in 21 minutes.