Antananarivo, Madagascar, April 8, 2013 – Four teams confirmed their place in the 2013 Women’s African Club Championship quarterfinals in Antananarivo on Monday. GS Petroliers and MB Bejaia of Algeria, and Egyptian teams Ahly and Prisons will now go to the semifinals, where they will try to qualify for the FIVB Women's Club World Championship." />
Women's African Club Championship down to Final Four
In the quarterfinals, GS Petroliers beat Uganda’s Ndejje University 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-20), and MB Bejaia overwhelmed Cameroon’s FAP 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-15). Ahly won against APR of Rwanda 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-20) and Prisons beat Pipeline 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20).
On Wednesday, April 10, Ahly faces GS Petroliers, and MB Bejaia takes on Prisons for a place in the final.
In playoff positions nine to sixteen, Madagascar’s Stef Auto, Ethiopia’s Water Sports and Kutlwano of Botswana won their matches against VB Diamand of Madagascar, Gabon’s Manga Sport and Burundi’s Les AS, respectively to compete for the ninth through twelfth standings. Cote d’Ivoire’s AS Tanda has already qualified, leaving the loser for the twelfth to sixteenth brackets.
Ahly is the only team in the competition to win all matches without dropping a set.
The semifinals for the ninth to sixteenth positions resumes Tuesday, April 9.
Monday’s competition also
included a moment of silence to remember the 1994 Rwandan Genocide victims.
(KEN) Beat Pipeline (KEN) 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20)
Pipeline began the match well, by blocking and using the centers for quick attacks through position three, which disturbed Prisons tactics. Pipeline led 8-3 at first TTO before Prisons tried to decrease the point deficit by setting to the left attacker, Mercy Moim, but Pipeline finished the set 25-17.
Prisons improved their defence in the second set as setter, Jane Wacu, arranged the combinations with Brackcide Khadambi and Moim to lead 8-6 and 16-14 at the TTOs. Pipeline struggled using the strong spikes from A Makuto and Roselyn Odhamaro, but Prisons won the crucial points to finish at 25-21.
Prisons led the third set 11-5, but Pipeline arranged their block and decreased mistakes to minimize the point difference. Prisons, however, continued their momentum to win the set 25-14.
Prisons also controlled the fourth set to lead 16-10 before Asha Makutoo used her spikes to decrease the point deficit to 19-18. Prisons’ setter Wacu helped complete the set win at 25-20 and end the match 3-1.
Ahly (EGY) beat APR (RWA) 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-20)
Egypt’s Al Ahly secured the semifinal spot following their victory against Rwanda’s APR 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-20) in 64 minutes. After numerous positions and coaching changes, Ahly’s Svitlana Shvanska and Mona Adly helped lead the team’s first set win 25-18.
The Rwandan team were also able to control reception in the second set, allowing Ahly to win the set 25-15.
In the third set, APR’s Brigitte and Atim worked to gain
the lead several times, until 21-18 when the team committed several mistakes, leaving
them without a match win and a final score of 0-3.
Algeria’s GS Petroliers achieved an easy 3-0 win (25-13, 25-15, 25-20) against Ndejje University of Uganda.
The Algerian team started the match with the full lineup, as setter Fatma Okazi’s skillful combinations helped lead the team to an easy first set win.
The Ugandan team led the
second set at the start, but Petroliers
took over the net to win. Ndejje tried
to improve their block and attacks in the third set, but were again unable to
take over the Algerians, who won all three
MB Bejaia (ALG) beat FAP (CMR) 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-15)
Algeria’s MB Bejaia fought well in blocking and defence to clinch a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-15) victory over FAP of Cameroon in 71 minutes.
Algeria dominated the first set with sharp spikes from left attacker Fatma Djouad gaining 8-5 and 16-11, until they won the set 25-18.
In the second set, FAP emerged with Mbeza Aboa’s block and attacked through all the net positions to lead 21-17 when Senegalese spiker Bejaia Mame Ndiaye scored seven consecutive points. It was the Algerians, however, who finished the set 25-22.
MB Bejaia players also secured the third set to win 25-15.
Stef Auto (MAD) beat VBCD (MAD) 3-0 (25-19, 25-25-11, 25-20)
In an all Madagascar clash, Stef Auto hammered their compatriots VB Diamand in straight sets (25-19, 25-25-11, 25-20) in 58 minutes. Stef Auto dominated the match from the start with better services and reception, allowing them to control the net and build attacks with Rose Alfred.
With the victory, Stef Auto qualifies to play for positions nine through twelve while VBCD plays for thirteen through fifteen.
Water Sport (ETH) beat Manga Sport (GAB) 3-0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-11)
Ethiopia’s Water Sports crushed Gabon’s Manga Sport in the competition’s fastest match of 48 minutes, winning 3-0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-11). Water Sport used all the power from their spikers to take over Mangas blockers and backline defence.
The Ethiopian team will now
play for ninth to twelfth standings while the Gabonese will play for thirteen
Kutlwano of Botswana overpowered Burundi’s Les AS 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-12) in a one-sided game lasting 53 minutes. Overwhelmed by Kutlwano through their arranged defence and strong spike services, Les As lost the game.
Kutlwano will now play for the ninth to twelfth positions and Les AS will play for thirteenth to fifteenth position.
Play off 9-16 Program, April 9
Play off 13-16
14:00 VBCD (MAD) vs Les As
Play off 9-12
16:00 Stef Auto (MAD) vs
Semifinal 1-8, April 10
16:00 Bejaia (ALG) vs Prisons