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Kenya qualify for World Cup

Kenya will now join hosts Japan at the World Cup in November
Nairobi, Kenya, August 25, 2011 - Kenya clinched the 2011 Women’s African Nations Championship cup for the seventh time on Thursday, beating defending champions Algeria in the final in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to seal a place at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup.

The win means Kenya become the first team to qualify outright for the tournament and they will now join hosts Japan for the tournament from November 4 to 18.

Egypt completed the podium with the bronze medal following a tough encounter against dark horses Senegal.   

Kenya were in devastating form, beating Algeria 3-1 (25-11, 17-25, 25-21, 25-13) in front of a full house at Nazarene. This is the seventh crown for the Kenyans to improve their record at the top of the women volleyball in the continent.

Cheered on by the massive home support that thronged the African Nazarene University Hall, the venue of the competition, Kenya showed their determination to win the match from the first whistle, allowing their opponents no time to settle as they bombarded them continuously to win the set with an impressive 25-11 score line.
Algeria, who had been rattled by the fast pace of the first set, settled in the second and won it 25-17 after creating and maintaining a seven point lead.

The two teams were evenly matched in the third set tying on 5-5, 10-10, 13-13 and 15-15 before Kenya pulled away to take it 25-21.

The fourth set was an all-Kenyan affair as the home side raised their game an extra notch to dominate the exchanges between the two teams to win 25-13 after leading 9-4, 24-11.

In the play-off for third and fourth place, Senegal, arguably, the most improved team in Africa in recent years, gave the match their best effort but were no match for their more illustrious opponent, Egypt, to whom they lost 3-2 in a five-set thriller to finish fourth. Egypt, who are showing signs of recovering from the retirement of their old guard, took bronze with a new crop of young players.

Cameroon overcame Tunisia in the fifth position match while Botswana trounced Nigeria in the seventh place match.  

Cameroon took fifth after edging Tunisia 3-2 (16-25,25-19,19-25,29-27,15-9) in a five set thriller that could have gone either way. In the end, Cameroon proved the better side in a hotly contested match to emerge fifth, relegating Tunisia to sixth.

In the other match, Botswana took the seventh position by beating Nigeria 3-2 (25-22, 12-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-13) in another enthralling match. The two teams exchanged leads to tie at 2-2 before Botswana won the final set with the minimal difference of 2 points.

Final Round - Match Results
Kenya v Algeria 3-1 (25-11, 17-25, 25-21, 25-13)
Bronze medal
Egypt v Senegal 3-2
Position 5-6
Tunisia v Cameroon 2-3 (25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 27-29, 9-15)
Position 7-8
Botswana v Nigeria 3-2 (25-22, 12-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-13)
Kenya v Senegal 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-18)
Egypt v Algeria 1-3 (16-25, 25-27, 25-18, 20-25)

Play-off Positions 5-8
Cameroon v Botswana 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21)
Nigeria v Tunisia 0-3 (16-25, 23-25, 25-27)

Final Standings
1. Kenya
2. Algeria
3. Egypt
4. Senegal
5. Cameroon
6. Tunisia
7. Botswana
8. Nigeria

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