Prisons, Pipeline secure quarter final berths at African club

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 06, 2013
  • Kenya Prisons are out to defend their title in Madagscar.

Defending champions Kenya Prisons, their archrivals Pipeline, Algeria’s GS Petroliers and Bejaia, and APR of Rwanda secured spots in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Women's African Club Championship on Friday.

The remaining three vacancies in the quarterfinals will be settled on the third and final day of the preliminary round on Saturday.

Playing at the Palais des Sports in Antananarivo, the two Kenyan teams claimed their second victories in their corresponding pools.

Defending champions Prisons defeated Water Sports (Ethiopia) in Pool B and while Pipeline – runners-up in the previous tournament – overcame

Les As of Burundi 3-0 (25-15, 25-9,25-10) on saturday after overcoing Ndejje of Uganda the previous day.

 

Algeria's GS Petroliers claimed their second victory – against Kutlwano in Pool B – while Bejaia achieved a win in their first match in the three-team Pool A to secure a quarterfinal berth with APR of Rwanda, who were idle on Friday.

Prisons 3, Water Sport 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-20)

Prisons crushed Ethiopia’s Water Sport in straight sets in an hour of thrilling action.

Prisons’ coach used his top players from the start of the match, allowing them to dominate in the first two sets. With the improvement of the Ethiopian defence, Water Sport managed to lead on several occasions in the third set before Prisons regained their rhythm. The victory improved Prisons' record to 2-0, while Water Sport dropped to 0-2.

Pipeline 3, Ndejje University 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-16)

Kenya’s Pipeline clinched their second victory despite strong early form from the Ugandan team. But Pipeline’s experience helped them, especially that of setter Janet Wanja.

The Kenyan team dominated the match in the second and third sets to win comfortably. Pipeline improved to 2-0 to secure a quarterfinal ticket. Ndejje University dropped to 1-1 but remained in contention for the second ticket from Pool C.  

Ahly (Egypt) picked up their second victory against VB Diamand Club (Madagascar) in Pool D but still need to secure a place in the quarters. FAP (Cameroon) recovered from a first-day loss to secure their first victory by beating AS Tanda (Cote d'Ivoire).