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Egypt pick up win in their first African Championship match

Senegal take a time out as they see off Botswana in straight sets, recovering from an opening day loss to Tunisia
Nairobi, Kenya, August 19, 2011 - The second day of the 2011 Women’s African Nations Championship offered a lot of thrills as favourites Egypt won their first match against a passionate Cameroon in an epic five set encounter in Pool A.

Pool B saw Tunisia clinch their second win as they beat Rwanda 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 16-25, 25-14) to top the pool after two days of action.

Senegal recovered after losing on the first day against Algeria to hammer Botswana 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-14).

Nine teams are participating in the prestigious African championship and competing for the continental berth at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup to be held in Japan later this year.

Egypt beat Cameroon 3-2 (25-23,  29-27, 19-25, 20-25, 15-12)
The Egyptians emerged the better side in an epic five-set battle lasting over two hours. They won the first two sets with a slim margin of 25-23 and 29-27 but lost the following two 19-25 and 20-25. They used their superior all round skills, resolve and composure to win the fifth set 15-12 after taking an early lead at the start of the set, which they maintained until it ended in their favour.

The Cameroon team will rue their chances after allowing Egypt to rally from a six-point deficit when leading 23-17 to win the second set when all they needed was two points to claim the win.

Egypt, who rested on day one of the Championship, will now play Nigeria on Friday while Cameroon will play hosts Kenya on Saturday in another mouth-watering encounter.

Tunisia beat Rwanda 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 16-25, 25-14)
Tunisia recorded their second straight victory with a 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 16-25, 25-14) victory over Rwanda. Rwanda, who came without their Kenyan coach Paul Bitok, played with a lot of determination but their efforts could not stop the experienced Tunisians who were good all round.
Tunisia’s win-loss record now stands at 2-0 while Rwanda are 0-1 in Pool B.  

Senegal beat Botswana 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-14)
Senegal recovered to beat Botswana 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-14) and bring their win-loss record to 1-1 after they lost to Algeria in Pool B on the opening day of the competition.

Botswana, who are newcomers in African volleyball, played well in the opening set but Senegal improved their blocks and attacks in the last two games to claim the match and record their first victory in the nine-team tournament.

The tournament is good training ground for teams that have qualified for the All Africa Games to be played in Maputo, Mozambique next month.
Day 2 results
Pool A
Egypt v Cameroon 3-2 (25-23,  29-27, 19-25, 20-25, 15-12)

Pool B
Tunisia v Rwanda 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 16-25, 25-14)
Senegal v Botswana 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-14)

Day 3 program
Pool A
2pm: Egypt v Nigeria


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