Kenya & Uganda register wins on first day of group Q World Championship qualifiers
Kampala, Uganda, October 16, 2013 - African champions Kenya, as well as Uganda came away with a victory each on day one of the FIVB World Championship group Q qualifiers after wins against Egypt and Tanzania respectively. The games are taking place at the MTN Arena in Lugogo
Kenya 3-2 Egypt (25-16, 21-25, 17-25, 25-15, 15-13)
Kenya had to work hard for each point against Egypt on the opening day of the Group Q World Championship qualifiers for women in Kampala on Tuesday as the eight time African Champions were pushed to their limit by the relatively experienced Egyptians.
The reigning African champions took a comfortable 25-16 lead after claiming the first set in just 22 minutes. Egypt showed resilience as they endured the 28 minutes of the second set to win it 25- 21 to level the score.
Kenya struggled in the third set giving away four easy points on poor reception from Mercy Moim and Esther Wangeci. Egyptian Libero Ahmed Nehal proved her mettle against the Kenyans with her well timed cover every time she was on court, allowing her side to take the lead 25-17.
Kenya led 8-7 by the first technical time out of the fourth set and was at 16-12 by the second. Kenya took the set with a score of 25-15 forcing the match into a decider. The decider brought the best out of the two sides in terms of reception attack, cover and defense, but eventually Kenya claimed it 15-13.
Uganda 3-0 Tanzania (25-20, 25-20, 30-28)
Uganda fought to claim three straight sets against a hard fighting Tanzania on Thursday in just one hour and 30 minutes. Tanzania had the Uganda team on their toes as they blocked, covered and served with zeal.
Uganda claimed a comfortable 2-0 lead after scores of 25-20 in the first and second sets. But Tanzania failed to control their nerves when they took a 19-24 lead in the third with Saidat Nnungi serving six times to force a deuce.
Uganda composed themselves and eventually won the set 30-28 although Tanzania showed a lot of improvement in their service, net defense and court cover over the course of the match.