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Kenya Prisons book place at FIVB Club World Championships

Kenya Prisons overcame Kenya Pipeline in the final of the 2010 Women's African Club Championship and will represent the region at the FIVB Club World Championships later this year
Vacoas, Mauritius, May 17, 2010 – Kenya Prisons became the second team to qualify for the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship after beating compatriots Kenya Pipeline 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-10, 25-21) in the final of the 2010 Women’s African Club Championship in Vacoas, Mauritius on Sunday.

The side will now represent Africa at the FIVB Club World Championships, due to be held in Doha, Qatar from December 14-21, joining Italian side Volley Bergamo who qualified for the tournament after beating Fenerbache from Turkey 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 15-8) in the final of the CEV Indesit Champions League on April 4.

Championship record holders Kenya Pipeline had a dream start after winning the initial set 25-23 but failed to stop the Prisons fightback, who downed their opponents following three consecutive set victories. The Prisons players proved too efficient in attack in the second and third sets before Pipeline attempted to rally themselves in the fourth. However the challenge proved too much and Prisons ran away with the victory.

Kenya Commercial Bank ensured an all-Kenyan podium after beating Bafia Evolution of Cameroon to pick up the bronze medal with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-27, 25-18, 25-17) victory.

This year’s FIVB Club World Championships will see the women’s event return for the first time since 1994, and earlier this year the FIVB made the landmark announcement that the men’s and women’s matches would alternate throughout the competition.

The FIVB Club World Championships returned for the first time in 17 years in 2009, with men’s club Trentino BetClic from Italy claiming the honours after defeating PGE SKRA Belchatow from Poland 3-0 in the final last November.

Kenya Prison – Kenya Pipeline 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-10, 25-21)
3rd place
Kenya Commercial Bank – Bafia Evolution (Cam) 3-1 (25-21, 25-27, 25-18, 25-17)

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