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Egypt and Algeria score opening day victories at Girls Youth African Championship

 
Rwanda coach Paul Bitok attributed his team's defeat to Algeria, at the opening match of the African Girls Youth Championship, to a lack of experience
 
Cairo, Egypt, March 25, 2013 – Hosts Egypt and favourites Algeria emerged victorious on the opening day of the 2013 Girls Youth (Under-18) African Nations Championship after winning against Tunisia and then Rwanda at the Army Club Hall in Cairo on Monday.

Egypt beat Tunisia in straight sets (25-13, 25-16, 25-16) in 64 minutes while Algeria regained their rhythm to overcome Rwanda 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 15-25, 25-19) in a tough encounter lasting 91 minutes.

The competition opened in the presence of Dr Amr Elwani (CAVB President), Idriss Dokony (CC President and CAVB vice-president), Alaa Gabr (Olympic Committee representative), Abdelmajeed Djirad (Referee Delegate), Jappie Mango (SOC Delegate), Ali El Sergani (Egyptian Volleyball Federation President), Abdel Hamid Elwassimy (Local Organizing Committee President) and Howyda Mondy (CAVB Technical Director).

Algeria had to fight hard to get past Rwanda. The Algerians moved effortlessly into a 2-0 lead, but Rwanda responded aggressively after improving their defence and spike service, to take the third set. They were also leading in the fourth set before spiker Yasmine Abdelrahim led her team to victory.

"We owe this win to our spiker Yasmine Abdelrahim," Algeria coach Kamel Rabia said after the match. "We didn't prepare well as we played only a few friendly matches against the junior team, who qualified early for the World Championship last week in Nigeria."

Rwanda coach Paul Bitok attributed defeat to a lack of experience and his team’s weak reception, which deprived them of using their attacking strategy. "We played well in the third set and were leading in the fourth set before losing narrowly at the end,” he said. “We now have to concentrate on the two remaining matches against Egypt and Tunisia to qualify for the World Championship."

Egypt surprised neighbours Tunisia with efficient spike services as well as a tight block to win the one-sided game 3-0. The Egyptian girls started the match aggressively with their strong spike service along with good blocking by Haidi Kandiel and Aya Khalid. The Tunisian players were put on the defensive and were unable to come back into the match.

The competition will resume on Tuesday with Algeria against Tunisia and Egypt against Rwanda.

Results

No

Date

Teams

Set

Result per set (points)

Total
Points

Time

Audience

1

2

3

4

5

1

25 MAR

ALG-RWA

3-1

25-18

25-15

15-25

25-19


90-77

1:31

500

2

25 MAR

EGY-TUN

3-0

25-13

25-16

25-16



75-45

1:04

1000

3

26 MAR

TUN-ALG










4

26 MAR

EGY-RWA










5

27 MAR

RWA-TUN










6

27 MAR

ALG-EGY










Ranking

Rk

Code

Country

Points

Matches

Points

Sets

Won

Lost

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

EGY

Egypt

2

1


75

45

1.666

3


Max

2

ALG

Algeria

2

1


90

77

1.168

3

1

3.000

3

RWA

Rwanda

1


1

77

90

0.855

1

3

0.333

4

TUN

Tunisia

1


1

45

75

0.600


3

Min

 

 





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