Egypt continue with another win as Rwanda edge Kenya in World Champs qualifier
Kigali Rwanda November 28, 2013 - Reigning African champions Egypt claimed their third victory on day three of the FIVB World Championship zone 5 (Pool Q) qualification tournament held at the Amahoro Sports Complex in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday when they beat Uganda 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-16).
In the second match of the day, over 3,000 fans cheered onto victory, hosts Rwanda who beat Kenya 3-2 (25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 15-13).
Egypt v Uganda 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-16)
Coach Ndawula made one change from the team that defeated Burundi 3-0 by starting George Aporu ahead of Nicholas Dheyongera. Uganda had some good moments, with Kamugasha making kills in position two while Otim and Aporu made a few points off the block. Later John Bosco Opendi came on for Okumu.
Egypt led 8-4 by the end of the first technical time out (TTO) and they lead 16-9 by the second. Aporu and Libero Elanyu Emmanuel struggled on cover as Egypt took the set 25-15.
Uganda continued trailing by one (8-7) going into the second TTO. From 8-7 Egypt took five straight points to make it 13-7, while Uganda responded with four to make it 13-11. Egypt, however, led 15-12 by the second TTO.
Though Uganda stretched them into the twenties
Egypt came out on top with a score of 25-22. By the third set Uganda’s
morale was already down as Egypt took the set and match 25-16.
Rwanda v Kenya 3-2 (25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 15-13)
Rwanda breathed through the first set 25-18 while Kenya struggled to find their feet, with their block, attack and court cover. Kenya tried to come back to the game but continued to trail in the second set 8-4 by the first technical timeout. They made six straight points to lead 10-8. But Rwanda got to the second TTO 16-15 and Kenya later lost the set 25-20.
Kenya were more composed in the third set, as Daniel Kiptoo, Phillip Maiyo and Sila Mikaso came out of their shadows. Kenya won two quick sets 25-21, 25-22 forcing the match into a decider. It was a tight tie breaker as every point was answered back with another point, with Kenya leading the first technical timeout 8-7. The match continued in a similar vein until Rwanda broke off to make it 14-12. Maiyo served out for Rwanda to win their second game of the tournament.
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